Lung Cancer: Signs & Symptoms

Often, there are no obvious symptoms in the early stages of lung cancer. 40% of people who are diagnosed with lung cancer aren’t diagnosed until it is in advanced stages.

Although many people aren’t aware of any symptoms, in some types of lung cancer there are some common symptoms to look out for, such as:

  • Chest Pain-

Lung cancer can cause pain throughout your chest, back and shoulders. Keep an eye on whether the pain is constant or is it due to a specific activity or whether it is a dull or sharp pain.

If lung cancer spreads to other organs of the body, you may get:

  • Headaches
  • Weakness or numbness in the arms and legs
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of balance
  • Yellowing of eyes and skin
  • Bone Pain (often on the back and hips region)
  • Lumps on the skin

If you experience any of the above symptoms, please make an appointment with your GP.

  • Weight Loss-

Weight loss of more than 10 pounds can be associated with any type of cancer. This is due to cancer cells using up the energy in your body.

  • Wheezing-

The wheezing sound is caused by your airways being constricted, swollen or blocked.

  • A lingering cough-

Colds caused by respiratory infections usually clear up within 1-2 weeks but when it lingers for 2-3 weeks or more then it is advisable to see your local GP.

  • A change in your voice-

When we develop a cold, many of us get a hoarse voice for a week or two and this can also be a symptom of lung cancer. The hoarseness of voice can occur when a tumour affects the nerve that controls your voice box. If you or your loved ones notice this change which lasts for more than two weeks, see your local GP for a checkup.

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