Lung cancer doesn’t manifest with any particular symptoms at the beginning. In fact, in 40% of the patients the cancer has been diagnosed when the disease has progressed in the 3-rd stage.
Early stage of lung cancer cannot be seen with chest x-rays. Anyway, CT scans are more effective when it comes to diagnosing lung cancer. People between 55 and 80 years of age, and all the active smokers for at least 15 years, should implement this test if they like to be safe from the lung cancer diagnosis.
But you should also know the following 7 early signs of lung cancer in order to prevent it or be prepared for the upcoming fight:
If you are noticing some whistling or wheezing sounds while breathing normally, you should visit your doctor as soon as possible. These sounds could be result of numerous medical conditions which are benign and that can be healed as well. They may also be a sign of obstructed or inflamed airways.
Shortness of Breath
This may also be a lung cancer symptom that could be result of obstructing or narrowing of the airways, or stored fluid in the chest because of lung tumor. So, if you notice that you are lacking breath while finishing some easy tasks that you haven’t got problems finishing them before, you should visit your doctor as soon as possible, without delays.
Pain in the Chest, Back or Shoulders
Pain in the chest area shouldn’t be taken for granted, since it could be caused by metastasis or aggravation of the lymph nodes or the ribs. No matter if you are feeling healthy, you should visit your doctor anyways.
If you are affected by chronic cough, you should be extremely careful since it may be a sign of lung cancer. But if the cough stops in 2-3 weeks, it is only an ordinary cough caused by cold or respiratory infection. In case you are coughing out mucus, you should visit your doctor without delays in order to do the necessary tests on your lungs and chest, including x-rays. Changes in cough may be like: frequent coughing with hoarse and deeper sound, coughing up blood or extra mucus. Even if someone else experiences these symptoms, you should advise him to visit his personal doctor as soon as possible.
If the lung cancer expands to the brain, the patient may also experience headaches as well. But not every headache is related with brain metastases. Sometimes, the lung tumor applies pressure on the main vein which transports the blood from the upper part of the heart.
Suffering from excess pain in the bones or any other part of your body is a clear sign that you are affected by some health conditions and this situation requires a visit to your doctor.
Cancer cells are draining our body’s energy that was generated thanks to the consumed food. This results with noticeable and rapid weight loss.