12 Symptoms of Lung Cancer That Everyone Should Know

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The quality of the air you breathe in has a major impact on your chances of developing lung cancer. Lung cancer is one of the leading causes of death in both men and women and its mortality rate is much higher than prostate, colon and breast cancer.

Early Warning Signs + Symptoms

Most of the symptoms of lung cancer don’t appear until the disease has already advanced. And if they do appear they are often mistaken for other symptoms or health issues caused by smoking. These are some of the most common symptoms that could indicate lung cancer:

  • Shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Weight loss and loss of appetite
  • Fatigue or weakness

  • Infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia that return or do not go away
  • Chest pain that worsens with deep breaths, coughing or laughter
  • Coughing of blood or rust-colored phlegm or sputum
  • Prolonged cough that worsens or does not go away
  • Hoarseness of voice

Once lung cancer spreads to other organs it causes the following symptoms:

  • Bone pain (typically in the back or hips)
  • When it spreads to the brain or spinal cord, symptoms like headaches, weakness, numbness, dizziness, balance problems, and seizures may occur
  • Jaundice, yellowing of the skin and eyes can occur when cancer spreads to the liver
  • Lumps near the surface of the body occur when cancer spreads to the skin or lymph node

Early Detection

Since the symptoms of lung cancer don’t appear early, the disease is rarely diagnosed on time. Most of the lung cancer patients were diagnosed by accident usually when performing tests for pneumonia or heart disease.

Treatments

The treatment of lung cancer and the chance of recovery depend on the stage of cancer, the patient’s age and gender. The most common treatments involve chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy. Other treatments include surgery such as lobectomy, wedge resection and pneumonectomy.

Prevention

Lung cancer can be prevented by eating a nutrient-rich diet, regularly exercising and also improving the air quality by preventing inhalation of the following toxins:

Cigarette Smoke:

The leading causes of lung cancer are first and second-hand smoke because the tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals 70 of which were proven to be carcinogens.

Radon Gas:

This is a gas that is obtained from the natural break down of soil, dirt and rocks and it has no taste or smell. It causes more than 20,000 lung cancer cases every year making it the second leading cause of the disease.

Asbestos:

This mineral is found in water and soil and it has been used as an ingredient in construction materials. Even though it is considered rather safe when undisturbed, it can increase the risk of lung cancer when inhaled or ingested.