Early Lung Cancer Symptoms

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Lung cancer 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 such as smokers and those who live in polluted urban areas.  Here are the common signs to look out for.

Persistent chest pain

Pain felt around the chest area, back or shoulders may be symptoms of lung cancer. But such type of pain is mostly attributed to heart-related conditions. 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.

Cough that just won’t go away

Having a stubborn cough that does not get any better after two weeks may need to be tested 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.

Cough accompanied by red or brownish phlegm

Persistent coughing accompanied by discolored mucus can be an early sign of lung cancer. It may be caused by chronic cough that leads to coughing up blood. Smokers having a bout of hoarse and deep cough who start experiencing this symptom need to get a doctor’s appointment immediately to determine the main cause.

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