Knowing the early lung cancer symptoms can really help you with the chance of cure and survival. Unfortunately, this kind of ailment doesn’t show any significant signs at the early stage. It is only noticeable after the ailment progresses and becomes worse. However, if you are careful enough about your own health and you pay a detailed attention to your own fitness level, there are some signs that you can focus on.
The Early Stages
Here are some common lung cancer symptoms that you can take notice.
- Continuous cough. If you are having cold or respiratory issue, the cough will go away on its own within a week – two weeks, max. However, if you suffer from a continuous cough that is persistent enough, you should have yourself checked. Stubborn cough can an obvious sign – whether it produces mucus or dry. This sign is pretty obvious if you are smoking. Your doctor may order you to have a further X-ray or other photo imaging.
- Cough changes. If you smoke and you suffer from chronic cough, it is imperative that you have yourself checked. Be aware of your condition, especially if the sound is hoarse, it is deeper, or it is constant. If somehow you are coughing mucus in an excessive amount (in an unusual amount) or you are coughing blood, you should visit the doctor right away. Don’t forget to tell them your condition.
- Changes in your breathing. If you are wheezing or you suffer from breath shortness, check yourself and ask for further examination. If you have difficulties in breathing, it is possible that fluids are obstructing the air passage or if the cancer tissue is blocking the airway. If going on a flight of stairs make you out of breath or when you can’t breathe normally after performing certain tasks (and you could do the task easily without shortness of breath), it may be a sign. Don’t underestimate it.
Other lung cancer symptoms include chest pain and weight loss. Although not all chest pains are always related to the lung cancer, it doesn’t hurt to check it out. In some cases, you may have another underlying health issues that may involve chest pain. Know the types of pain, such as constant, sharp, intermittent, or dull. Observe whether the pain happens on the entire area of the chest or only on specific places.
An unexplainable weight loss where you lose more than 10 pounds in a short time should be another lung cancer symptoms, especially when you aren’t planning any weight loss program. Extreme and drastic weight loss is often the most obvious sign because the cancerous cells will be using energy from your body and the foods you consume. It is pretty common for the cancerous cells to ‘eat up’ the healthy tissues and cells. You should let your doctor know about this.
There are more symptoms that you should notice, such as wheezing, hoarse or raspy voice, constant headache, fatigue, or bone pain. Go to the doctor and consult the possible lung cancer symptoms so you know what to observe.