7 Warning Signs of Lung Cancer YouShould Not Ignore

90% of lung cancer is related to a past or
present habit of smoking or of being exposed
to secondhand smoke. Other causes are air
pollution and exposure to elements like
asbestos. As with any cancer, early detection
and treatment can greatly increase the
chance of survival and as well as increasing
the general quality of life, so knowledge of
symptoms, such as those listed below, is
very important.
1. Cough
A persistent cough – especially in absence of
any obvious reason, such as colds, flus, or
respiratory infection – is an early warning
sign. Changes in cough, such as a cough
that is deeper or contains blood or more
mucous than usual, should be investigated.
2. Shortness of Breath
Feeling short of breath if you are exercising
or exerting yourself in one thing. However, if
you feel this way with minimal effort or if you
notice that you are getting short of breath
doing things you used to be able to do
easily, this could be a sign that something is
3. Chest/Upper Body Pain
Not surprisingly, lung cancer can also cause
pain in the chest or in the shoulders or upper
back if the cancer has spread to the bones
there. If you have pain in this area that is
not going way, make an appointment with
your doctor to discuss your concerns.
4. Wheezing
A wheeze refers to a high-pitched whistling
sound which happens when you breathe in or
out. This can happen if you have asthma or
allergies, but if it is going on in absence of
these conditions, it should certainly be
checked out.
5.Changes in Voice
It is normal for your voice to get hoarse or
deep if you have, for instance, a cold or the
flu; however, if this is happening even when
you do not have some sort of respiratory
infection, this also should be reported to
your doctor.
6. Chest Infections
If you notice that you are developing chest/
respiratory infections such as pneumonia or
bronchitis more frequently than is normal for
you or that you are finding it harder to
recover from them than before, this too could
be a sign that lung cancer is developing.
7. Loss of Appetite and Weight
These symptoms can happen with the onset
of many diseases, not just cancer; however,
if you are experience these along with some
of the symptoms mentioned above, it is
definitely worth reporting to the doctor.
Many people who get signs and symptoms
such as these can get scared or will try to
ignore the problem. However, ignoring it will
not make the issue go away and you greatly
improve your chances of survival if you are
diagnosed early and begin treatment to help
you battle the disease.


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