Top 10 Symptoms and Signs of Lung Cancer
It's important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of lung cancer, as early detection can lead to a better prognosis. While not all of these symptoms will necessarily indicate lung cancer, it's worth discussing any changes in your health with your doctor.
Here are the top 10 signs and symptoms of lung cancer.
- A cough that does not go away or gets worse.
- Coughing up blood or rust-colored sputum (spit or phlegm)
- Chest pain is often worse with deep breathing, coughing, or laughing.
- Loss of appetite.
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Shortness of breath.
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia that don’t go away or keep coming back
- New onset of wheezing
Coughing is a common symptom of lung cancer, but it can also be caused by other conditions. If you have a cough that does not go away or gets worse, it's important to see your doctor so they can rule out other possible causes.
Smoking is by far the leading risk factor for lung cancer, so if you smoke, it's important to quit. If you're exposed to secondhand smoke, asbestos, or other carcinogens, it's also important to be aware of the risks. Talk to your doctor about ways to reduce your risk.
Even if you don't have any symptoms, lung cancer can often be detected on a chest X-ray or CT scan. If you're at high risk for lung cancer, your doctor may recommend these tests even if you feel healthy. If lung cancer is found early, it's often easier to treat.
If you have any of the symptoms listed above, or if you're concerned about your risk for lung cancer, talk to your doctor. They can order tests to check for lung cancer, and they can refer you to a specialist if necessary. Don't hesitate to get checked out
Early detection is key
In recent years a test known as a low-dose CT Scan has been studied as a possible screening test for lung cancer. This test is not currently recommended for everyone, but if you're at high risk for lung cancer your doctor may discuss this option with you.
If you have lung cancer, there are many treatment options available. The best course of treatment depends on the stage of lung cancer and other factors. Treatment options for lung cancer include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy. Your doctor will work with you to create a treatment plan that's right for you.
Lung cancer is a serious disease, but it can be treated. If you're concerned about your risk, talk to your doctor.
At Oncotrust our 7-Day Diagnosis Pathway can help patients exclude a diagnosis of lung cancer quickly and safely. Please visit our contact page today to submit your questionnaire or book your Private GP Appointment.