4 Early Symptoms of Lung Cancer
Lung cancer may not always produce any symptoms that’s noticeable in the early stages. Many people aren’t diagnosed until the disease has advanced. Early screening may help people at high risk for this type of cancer. Read on to learn about the four early lung cancer symptoms.
1. Changes in Breathing
A symptom of lung cancer is difficulty breathing or becoming easily winded. Changes in breathing can occur if fluid from a lung tumor builds up in the chest or lung cancer blocks an airway, Pay attention to your breathing and any significant changes you may experience. Consult your doctor regarding these changes.
2. Cough That Won’t Go Away
A cough that won’t go away after two weeks is cause for concern. A cough caused by the common cold, flu or respiratory infection will not last more than two weeks, but a persistent cough that lingers can be a symptom of lung cancer. Don’t dismiss these types of coughs, whether it’s dry or produces mucus.
3. Cough That Changes
Don’t ignore any changes in a cough, particularly if you smoke. If you are coughing more thn usual and more often or your cough sounds different or you are coughing up blood or an unusual amount of mucus, this is an indication you need to see a doctor.
4. Chest Area Pain
Lung cancer can produce pain in the chest back, or shoulders. Note what type of pain it is. This pain could be dull, sharp or intermittent. You should also note whether it’s confined to a specific area or occurring throughout your chest. Rate the pain on a scale of one to ten then consult your doctor for further evaluation. The pain from lung cancer may be due to enlarged lymph nodes or metastasis to the chest wall, the lining around the lungs, called pleura, or the ribs.