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Is shoulder pain a common symptom of lung cancer?

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If you have shoulder pain, it's much more likely to come from arthritis, bursitis, or tendinitis. Shoulder pain is only rarely a sign of cancer.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Shoulder Pain and Common Shoulder Problems.”

Moffitt Cancer Center: “Pancoast Tumor Treatment Information.”

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center: “Pancoast Tumors.”

Canadian Cancer Society: “Symptoms of Lung Cancer.”

Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology : “Shoulder ring complaints as a rare first symptom of malignant pleural mesothelioma.”

Mayo Clinic: “Mesothelioma.”

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: “Mesothelioma.”

Ugeskrift for Laeger/Weekly Journal for Physicians : “Shoulder Pain as the First Sign of Disseminated Lung Cancer.”

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on October 24, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Shoulder Pain and Common Shoulder Problems.”

Moffitt Cancer Center: “Pancoast Tumor Treatment Information.”

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center: “Pancoast Tumors.”

Canadian Cancer Society: “Symptoms of Lung Cancer.”

Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology : “Shoulder ring complaints as a rare first symptom of malignant pleural mesothelioma.”

Mayo Clinic: “Mesothelioma.”

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: “Mesothelioma.”

Ugeskrift for Laeger/Weekly Journal for Physicians : “Shoulder Pain as the First Sign of Disseminated Lung Cancer.”

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on October 24, 2019

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