Early Signs Of Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. In the US, it is known as the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women. What makes it so difficult to diagnose is that the disease may not exhibit any noticeable symptoms in the early stages. Most people are only diagnosed with the disease when it is already at its advanced stages. But just like any other disease, lung cancer may also exhibit early signs to those who are at most risk of developing the said disease.

Coughing Red Or Rust-Colored Phlegm

Coughing out discolored mucus can be a sign of lung cancer. It may be a result of chronic cough that leads to coughing up blood after a bout of hoarse and deep cough. Smokers who start experiencing this symptom may need to get a doctor’s appointment.

Persistent Or Stubborn Cough

Having a stubborn cough that does not get any better after two weeks may need to get checked for lung cancer. A cough associated with the cold or the flu will usually go away after a couple of weeks. But persistent coughing requires attention.

Chest Pain

Pain felt around the chest area, back or shoulders may be symptoms of lung cancer. Feeling chest pain for that matter usually requires the doctor’s attention. The pain may be attributed to the enlarged lymph nodes or the metastasis of the cancer tumor somewhere in the chest area, the lining around the lungs, or the ribs.

 

 

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