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What are the signs of lung cancer?

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Lung cancer usually has no symptoms in its early stages. When signs of the disease start to appear, they can include:

These problems usually happen because of blocked breathing passages or because the cancer has spread farther into the lung, nearby areas, or other parts of the body.

  • Chronic, hacking, raspy coughing, sometimes with mucus that has blood in it
  • Changes in a cough that you've had for a long time
  • 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
  • Pain and 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

SOURCES: 

National Cancer Institute. 

National Institutes of Health. 

WebMD Medical Reference from the American College of Physicians: "Section 12 VIII Lung Cancer."

Mayo Clinic: "Lung Cancer."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 09, 2017

SOURCES: 

National Cancer Institute. 

National Institutes of Health. 

WebMD Medical Reference from the American College of Physicians: "Section 12 VIII Lung Cancer."

Mayo Clinic: "Lung Cancer."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 09, 2017

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