Below, we share information regarding the earlier signs of lungs cancer. If you show one of these signs on a consistent basis, do not wait any longer and consult your health care provider immediately.
1. Chronic Coughing
Everyone suffers from colds and coughs from time to time. But if you have chronic cough that lasts three weeks or more and no other symptoms of a cold, it can be an early sign of lung cancer.
Often, patients complain of chest pain that extends up into the shoulder or down the arm during coughing, which can be dry or produce mucus.
If you have a persistent cough that lingers for weeks and does not respond to medication, see your doctor right away. With some X-rays or other tests, your doctor can find out the exact cause and plan appropriate treatment.
2. Coughing up Blood
If you are coughing up blood (hemoptysis), whether the amount is small or large, see your doctor as soon as possible to find out the cause.
This can indicate lung cancer, particularly if you are a smoker. Both non-small cell lung carcinoma and small cell lung carcinoma can cause this symptom.
You may also notice changes in a chronic cough like coughing more often or coughing with a deeper or hoarse sound. Plus, you may experience chest pain, breathlessness, fever, wheezing or other symptoms of lung cancer.
Other possible causes for coughing up blood include infections, such as tuberculosis, bronchitis or pneumonia, and certain cardiovascular conditions.
3. Wheezing Sound
When airways become constricted, blocked or inflamed, it results in a wheezing or whistling sound when you breathe out.
The most common causes of wheezing are asthma and allergies. However, it can also be a symptom of lung cancer.
If wheezing continues and you do not have asthma, consult your doctor to find out what’s causing it.
….9. Unexplained Weight Loss
If you are suddenly losing weight, especially when you are not trying to, it can be due to the presence of a cancer.
About 6 out of 10 people with lung cancer experience sudden weight loss. It can also be due to other types of cancer, such as stomach, pancreatic or esophageal cancer.
When cancer is present, you lose weight because cancer cells start using energy stored in the body. Plus, your body may not be able to absorb all the fat, protein and carbohydrates from the food you eat. Often, along with weight loss, you will have symptoms like constant fatigue, loss of appetite and weakness.
If you are not dieting and still losing weight, see your doctor to find out the exact cause.
10. Nail Clubbing
Nail clubbing causes several changes in fingernails or toenails. These changes include softening of the nail beds, changes in the angle between the cuticle and the nail, and downward curving of the nail.
The most common cause of nail clubbing is reduced amount of oxygen in the blood due to some heart or lung problem. 3 out of 10 people with non small cell lung cancer are likely to develop this symptom.
If you have nail clubbing along with some of the other symptoms mentioned above, consult your doctor immediately.