The lung cancer most commonly occurs in people over 50 and, in people who have smoked within 15 years before getting this disease.
In most of the lung cancer patients, the disease is diagnosed after its progression in stage 3, which is why you should be aware of its early signs. Here are 6 early symptoms of lung cancer, which will help you to diagnose the disease in time.
Chest, Shoulder and Back Pain
Pain in the chest area is one of the early symptoms of lung cancer. If you feel any pain in your chest, your shoulders, and your back, you should consult your doctor, even if the pain is mild. A chest pain can also result from metastasis in the area or enlargement of the ribs or lymph nodes.
Shortness of Breath
Shortness of breath can be caused by an accumulation of fluid in the chest, or by a blockage in the airways, which occurs when you have a lung cancer.
If you experience any difficulty with your breathing while performing your daily activities, you should visit your doctor.
If you have a lung cancer, you are likely to experience a chronic cough which lasts for a long period of time. If the coughing stops after a couple of weeks, you probably have a regular cough resulting from some respiratory infection or from a common cold.
However, if you cough out mucus or blood, or if you experience frequent coughing with a deep sound, you should immediately visit your doctor.
Cancer patients usually experience a loss of weight of 10 or more pounds in the early stages of the disease. The reason why this occurs is because the cancer cells are using your body’s energy which comes from a consumption of food.
Wheezing or whistling sounds which occur while you are breathing can be a sign of many health conditions, including lung cancer. When you have a lung cancer, your airways are inflamed and blocked, which is the reason why these sounds are produced.
A headache may be a symptom of lung cancer if the tumor has spread to the brain. Headaches can occur as a result of brain metastases, or a pressure caused by the lung cancer on the superior vena cava, a large vein which moves the blood from the upper part of the body to the heart.
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