If you experience any of these symptoms do not assume it is due to cancer. Most of these symptoms may be caused by other, less serious health conditions. If you experience any one of them, see your physician.
Initial symptoms of lung cancer may be subtle and come on gradually. Therefore, patients may attribute the symptoms to smoking (since most people who develop lung cancer are smokers). Symptoms occur due to tumor growth within the lung and the tumor putting pressure on airways or nearby structures.
Symptoms of lung cancer include the following:
Persistent and worsening cough
Coughing up blood
Shortness of breath
Frequent pneumonia or bronchitis
Arm pain or swelling
As the disease progresses and cancer cells spread to other parts of the body, new symptoms may develop. These include the following:
Swelling of the neck and face
Appetite loss and nausea
New back or bone pain
Inability to control the bladder or bowel
Seizure activity, weakness, numbness, or headache
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