Lung Cancer Symptoms That Should Be on Your Radar
By Sara Butler
Even if you've never smoked or been around people who smoke, that doesn't mean you don't have to worry about lung cancer. According to the National Institutes of Health, up to 15 percent of people who have lung cancer are non-smokers. Lung cancer also happens to be the leading cancer killer of both men and women, killing more people than colon, prostate, and breast cancer combined.
The point is that even if you've never been a smoker, that doesn't mean you don't need to be on the lookout for signs that you may be developing lung cancer. Here are a few of the symptoms you should be on the lookout for.
You Have a Persistent Cough
If you've had a cough for a while that doesn't seem to have a cause but still won't go away, then it may be lung cancer. See a healthcare professional about it right away so they can run tests to determine the cause. If it is cancer, then early diagnosis is crucial.
You Get Lung Infections
If you have recurrent bronchitis or some other type of lung infection, then it may be a sign that a lesion or tumor is blocking your airway. This blockage can reduce or completely block airflow, which causes secretions to get stuck and cause infections. If you get lung infections often, make sure to bring it to the attention of your doctor.
You're Losing Weight Mysteriously
Unexplained weight loss may seem like a good thing, but when it comes to cancer it's a red flag. The reason people with cancer often lose weight without trying is because the disease takes up nutrients. It can also secrete hormones that cause symptoms such as weight loss to occur.
Losing more than 10 percent of your body weight when you're not actively trying to do so through diet and exercise needs further investigation.
You Have Swelling in the Face and Neck
If you have a large tumor blocking the major blood vessels in the head and neck, then swelling can occur. This symptom is often associated with small cell lung cancer, which is a type of cancer often seen in heavy smokers.
You're Tired All the Time
Life can make you tired, but if you find you're tired all the time, then it might be a symptom that something more serious is going on. Get checked out if your activity levels are low and you're unsure why, especially if it's occurring with other symptoms.
See a medical professional as soon as possible if you suspect you may have the warning signs of lung cancer.
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