Lung cancer is one of the most common and serious types of cancer. Around 44,500 people are diagnosed with the condition every year in the UK.
There are usually no signs or symptoms in the early stages of lung cancer, but many people with the condition eventually develop symptoms.
These are 7 early signs of lung cancer:
- Whistling/ Wheezing
When airways become constricted, blocked, or inflamed, the lungs produce a wheezing or whistling sound when you breathe. Wheezing can be associated with multiple causes, some of which are benign and easily treatable. However, wheezingis also a lung cancer symptom, which is why it merits your doctor’s attention.
- Shortness Of Breath
Lung cancer symptoms – breathing (respiratory) problems. Respiratory symptoms associated with lung cancer include shortness of breath (dyspnea), collapsed lung (atelectasis, pneumothorax), wheezing, recurring infections like pneumonia and bronchitis and blood clots in the lung (pulmonary embolism).
- Pain In The Chest, Back Or Shoulders
The most common symptoms of lung cancer are: A cough that does not go away or gets worse. Coughing up blood or rust-colored sputum (spit or phlegm) Chest pain that is often worse with deep breathing, coughing, or laughing.
- Persistent Cough
Asthma – Though people with asthma often have other symptoms, such as wheezing and shortness of breath, in some people with asthma a cough is the only symptom. Acid reflux – Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) is a common cause of a chronic cough that is often overlooked.
- Constant Headache
If the lung cancer broadens to the brain, the patient might also experience headaches. If you are using pain medications more than 2 days a week, you may be suffering from rebound headaches. Rebound headaches are caused by a cycle of using pain medications for short-term relief, followed by the headache pain returning for increasingly longer periods of time despite taking more pain medications.
- Bone Pain
Symptoms of Bone Metastases from Lung Cancer. Pain due to the spread of lung cancer to the spine is often worse at night and after resting in bed. If bonemetastases involve the spine, compression of the spinal cord due to the tumor may cause pain with walking and weakness or tingling in the legs.
- Weight Loss
Common places for lung cancer to spread include other parts of the lungs, lymph nodes, bones, brain, liver, and adrenal glands. Symptoms of lung cancer that may occur elsewhere in the body: Loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss. Neurological symptoms, such as unsteady gait or memory loss.
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