According to the studies, 40% of the patients having lung cancer had analyzed it at the late third stage, i.e. after it had been advanced. In the U.S., lung cancer has surpassed breast cancer as the most common cause of cancer-related deaths in women. But being aware of the risk factors and paying attention to warning signs and symptoms can save life. When in an early stage, lung cancer has no noticeable symptoms. But when caught early enough, lung cancer can be treatable and, often, curable. According to the National Cancer Institute, the five-year survival rate for lung cancer that hasn’t metastasized, or spread, is slightly more than 50 percent, as compared to nearly 4 percent for lung cancer that’s already spread to other organ systems. So pay close attention to these early — and sometimes surprising — signs of lung cancer, and be assertive about bringing anything suspicious to your doctor’s attention.
There are 7 signs that indicate lung cancer and can help you in diagnosing it before it is too late.
- WHISTLING/ WHEEZING
If you notice a wheezing or whistling sound while you breathe, pay a visit to your doctor. However, you must not panic because all those sounds appear when airways are constricted or inflamed. The sounds may be a sign of something easily curable. If the sounds are prolonged then you should visit your doctor for sure.
- SHORTNESS OF BREATH
This is another lung cancer sign and it may be due to blocking and narrowing of the airways or a fluid accumulated in the chest due to lung tumor. So, if you are short of breath often when performing your daily routines, for example when you bring groceries, when you climb the stairs or you perform actions which didn’t make you feel breathless before, it is strongly recommended to visit a doctor.
- PAIN IN THE CHEST, BACK OR SHOULDERS
Despite the fact that the torment brought about in the mentioned zones is once in a while joined with lung malignancy, it may be created as a consequence of the metastasis on the lungs, chests, development of the lymph nodes or the ribs.
Visit your specialist regardless of on the off chance that you feel a strong, dull or consistent torment in these parts.
- PERSISTENT COUGH
Pay attention to your cough. If it is gone after a week or two, then it just an ordinary cough that you have it when you have a cold or a respiratory infection. But if the cough doesn’t quit after two weeks, it might be a sign of a lung cancer.
- CONTINUOUS HEADACHE
On the off chance that you feel a constant headache, then it may be an indication that the lung cancer had spread to the brain. Then again, the event of cerebral pain won’t not be constantly associated with metastases in the mind. The cerebral pain is brought on the off chance that when the lung tumor presses the principle vena that exchanges the blood from the upper part to the heart.
- BONE PAIN
Pain which occur in the back or in other areas can be caused by lung cancer which is spread to the bones. This pain becomes more severe during the night while sleeping on the back. Furthermore this type of cancer is linked with arm, neck and shoulder pain although rarely. In any case you need to pay attention to any kind of pain and to inform your doctor about it.
- WEIGHT LOSS
When having lung cancer, you may experience sudden weight drop. This is due to cancer cells using body’s energy that has been obtained from food.