Lung cancer kills nearly 1.5 million people each year. While it is a serious and potentially lethal form of cancer, the disease is not a definite death sentence. Those individuals who receive an early diagnosis stand a 50 percent greater chance of survival than those who go undiagnosed and their cancer metastasizes (spreads) throughout the body. Here are some symptoms and warning signs of lung cancer that could potentially save your life.
1. Shortness of Breath – labored breathing or wheezing could be indicative of several conditions. However, if you are short of breath when performing ordinary activities that do not typically make you winded, it might be a warning sign that something is wrong. While shortness of breath can have many causes, you should have it checked out as soon as possible. if it is cancer, survival rates are much better when the disease is detected early and treated aggressively.
2. Persistent Cough – Do you have a stubborn cough that will not let up? Does it leave you with a hoarse and raspy voice that will not go away? Does running or power walking with your
3. Chest Pain – A chief symptom of lung cancer is chest pain that is felt deep within the lungs when you cough, laugh, or lift something. This is often associated with persistent pain in the chest that does not go away. This chest pain is present because a tumor or tumors is/are pressing against nerve endings, as well as surrounding organs and tissues, as the growth(s) increase in size. If the lung cancer spreads to other parts of the body, these areas are also likely to be affected by pain. Lung cancer frequently metastasizes in bones. Therefore, if you are experiencing bone pain (e.g. back, hips, thighs), coupled with chest pain, please see your doctor right away.
Given that lung cancer claims nearly 1.5 million lives each year, it is a serious and potentially lethal form of cancer, however, it is not a definite death sentence. Those individuals who receive an early diagnosis stand a much greater chance of survival than those who go undiagnosed and their cancer spreads throughout the body. Awareness of these symptoms and warning signs of lung cancer could save many lives, even your own.