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Symptoms of Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the number one cause of death among both men and women in the United States. One of the main reasons this is true is because lung cancer has very little symptoms, and those that are usually experienced are not very severe until the cancer is actually found. This can be a dangerous thing, since as with any disease, early detection is the key to surviving. The rate of lung cancer among men has somewhat dropped, while the rate among women is constantly increasing. This is certainly cause for alarm, so it is important for everyone to know what the various symptoms of lung cancer are. If you are a smoker and experience any combination of these symptoms, it is imperative that you speak with your doctor as soon as possible to try and run some tests. Of course, the most obvious of the symptoms of lung cancer is chronic cough. This means that you are coughing much more often than usual, and much more severely than usual. If you happen to cough up blood, this is definitely a red flag and should be reported to your doctor immediately. Chronic coughing is not always caused by lung cancer, but if you are at risk and are concerned, it is worth it to consult a doctor. Shortness of breath is another symptom of lung cancer. Over time, cancerous cells can take over the lining of the lungs, making it more and more difficult to breathe. Wheezing is often accompanied by this feeling as well. It is important to note that most doctors have found that these symptoms are usually only obvious when the cancer has reached further stages. This is why lung cancer often goes undetected until it is too late.

Some other symptoms of lung cancer include severe chest pain and more common bouts of colds and pneumonia. Fever and loss of appetite can also occur. A swelling of the neck and face are also common symptoms of lung cancer. In recent studies, doctors have found that people who develop wrinkles around the eyes (also known as “crow's feet”) may be more prone to getting lung cancer, although they are not positive of the correlation. Symptoms such as coughing, chest pain, and shortness of breath can be caused by other things as well as lung cancer. That's why it is very important to have your doctor run the appropriate tests so you can determine what is causing these feelings. Lung cancer can be survived if caught in a timely manner. For those at risk, it's best to try to quit smoking now, as this will greatly reduce your risk for getting lung cancer. Combining a smoke free life with a healthy diet and exercise can help to prevent lung cancer. Things like radon and asbestos are also big causes for lung cancer, so have where you live and work tested for these elements. Patient education is the key to helping diagnose diseases early. Modern science is the partner that will help those suffering from lung cancer to live a longer life.

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