Cancer is among the leading causes of death worldwide. According to WHO, in 2012, lung cancer has generated about 1.59 million deaths worldwide. Here are 8 signs of lung cancer you should not overlook.
According to the American Cancer Society, towards the end of 2016, about 224,390 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed, while 158,080 may die. It is therefore important to ensure adoption of a healthy lifestyle and avoid exposing your lungs to certain risk factors such as:
- Exposure to cigarette smoke
- Exposure to certain chemicals
- Exposure to radiation
- Poor diet
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Use of marijuana
Other factors may include:
- Previous lung diseases
Treatment against the disease depends on the tumor’s size. Several options may be available such as surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Furthermore, here is the list of symptoms that may indicate lung cancer:
1 – Difficulty breathing
Some people who suffer from lung cancer may have breathing difficulty and can quickly suffer from breathlessness. However, this does not mean that you have cancer, so it is advisable to consult a doctor immediately.
2 – Chest pain
Lung cancer can cause pain in the chest, back and shoulder. If the tumor is located along the chest, it may affect the chest wall, lymph nodes and cause pain or discomfort. In this situation, consult a doctor immediately.
3 – Persistent cough
The cough is often associated with a cold or chest infection. However, this kind of disorder may disappear after a week or two. However, if it persists, it is advisable to consult a doctor because it may indicate a lung tumor in an airway of a lung.
4 – Changes in cough
When a tumor develops at the level of the respiratory tract, it can disrupt the breathing and cause coughing. If you cough, check the type of cough you have; dry, wet cough with mucus or blood expulsion.
5 – Whistles
When something is not going well in the airways (inflammation), the mucus can disrupt the breathing and cause buzzing. Additionally, wheezing may be associated with several causes, some are benign. However, wheezing may also indicate lung cancer. If whistling persists, it is advisable to see a specialist.
6 – Pain in the bones
Bone pain is one of the late symptoms of lung cancer. When the tumor spreads to other parts of the body it can lead to bone pain, swelling of bones and joints. In this situation, consult a doctor immediately.
7 – Hoarseness of voice
Furthermore fever and voice change may indicate the development of a tumor in the lungs. If this symptom persists, consult a specialist.
8 – Unexplained weight loss
Cancer cells attack healthy cells in the body and cause decreased energy, poor appetite and therefore unexplained sudden weight loss. The majority of people who suffer from lung cancer lose a lot of weight. If you notice any of these signs, consult a specialist as soon as possible.