Lung Cancer Symptoms: What You Should Know
Lung cancer usually has no symptoms in its early stages. When they start to appear, they can include:
Chronic, hacking, raspy
coughing, sometimes with mucus that has blood in it Respiratory infections that keep coming back, including
bronchitis or pneumonia Shortness of breath that gets worse,
wheezing, lasting chest pain Hoarseness
Swelling of the neck and face
weakness in the shoulder, arm, or hand
Fatigue, weakness, loss of weight and appetite, fever that comes and goes, severe headaches, and body pain Trouble swallowing
These problems usually happen because of blocked breathing passages or because the
cancer has spread further into the lung, nearby areas, or other parts of the body.
Call Your Doctor If:
You get any symptoms that suggest
lung disease, especially an ongoing cough, blood-streaked mucus, wheezing, hoarseness, or a lung infection that keeps coming back. You’ll get a thorough checkup, and you may also get X-rays or other tests.