Most lung cancers may not produce any remarkable symptoms in their early stages. But some people with early lung cancer do have some symptoms. In case you first notice any of the following symptoms we are going to discuss, you should see your doctor as lung cancer can be treatable when caught at an earlier stage.
According to the National Cancer Institute, the five-year survival rate for lung cancer that hasn’t spread is slightly more than 50 percent, while it is nearly 4 percent for lung cancer that’s already spread to other organ systems. The most common symptoms of lung cancer are:
1. Persistent Cough: If you have a chronic cough that doesn’t go away after a few days you should immediately see your doctor. People always think that a cough is associated with cold or respiratory infection and smokers may blame this cough in “smoker’s cough.” Whatever are your blames, you shouldn’t dismiss a chronic cough, whether it is dry or wet.
2. Shortness of Breath: Although shortness of breath is a common symptom of lung cancer, many people don’t notice it. Changes in breathing can happen if your lung cancer blocks or narrows an airway, or if fluid from a lung tumor builds up in the chest. Tumor growth makes the lungs unable to fully inhale and exhale the air. You will notice the shortness of breath while doing your normal activities such as climbing the stairs, taking a short walk or even carrying small objects. Although there are many other reasons that attribute to shortness of breath, you should visit your doctor to know the exact reason.
3. Chest Pain: Lung cancer may cause pain in chest, back, shoulders, or neck. The chest or back pain is trigged by tumor growth tends to take the form or a dull ache that persists over time. You can feel this pain in your shoulder or neck too and this makes many people thinks that it is a muscle pain. Check your doctor if you notice any type of chest pain, even if the pain is dull or comes and goes.
4. Unexplained Weight Loss: If you are losing pounds without doing any changes in your lifestyle in order to lose weight that may be a symptom of lung cancer. Lung cancer can cause loss of appetite and loss weight as a result of cancer cells using energy or because of shifts in the way the body uses energy from food. So, when you experience any unexplained weight loss you should immediately see your doctor.