Three symptoms to lung cancer

Often times we believe that lung cancer symptoms only afflicts those who smoke or are around second hand smoke. Although lung cancer is most often present in those who smoke or has history of smoking for so many years, the symptoms could also be present to those who do not smoke.

Fact is lung cancer shows no symptoms at its early stages however as lung cancer progresses then the symptoms begin to show.

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However, the symptoms to lung cancer almost seems like it has 3 stages and we could consider them the 3 symptoms to lung cancer.

The first of the 3 symptoms to lung cancer would be Primary Lung Cancer. This is when the coughing and/or coughing up of blood occurs. Included in the symptoms are shortness of breath, wheezing, chest pains, respiratory infection and hoarseness of voice. Other symptoms associated with the primary lung cancer may include drowsiness, dizziness or light headed, difficulty swallowing. And for men, blood clots may for in their chest veins and cause their breasts to swell up.

However, the 3 symptoms lung cancer that should not be ignored are mainly coughing and/or coughing up blood, chest pains and shortness of breath.

Coughing could be easily ignored or taken as a simple cough which would take about 10 days to 2 weeks for it to “go away”. We would reach for medication to either suppress or release the phlegm associated with the cough. Only when the cough lingers on for more than 2 weeks, sometimes most lung cancer patients have waited months, would a patient seek medical help. Once the doctor orders a chest x-ray only then would the cancer show up. Now, don’t think that every time you have a cough that you would be suffering from lung cancer. Sometimes, a cough is just that – a cough.

Now, if you are a smoker and the cough never seems to subside then you may be showing signs of having one of the 3 symptoms to lung cancer. If you are smoker and the cough would not go away, seems to get progressively worse, if there are signs of hemoptysis or coughing up blood then you will definitely need to see your doctor to make sure that your symptoms is not one of the 3 symptoms to lung cancer.

One of the other 3 symptoms to lung cancer is chest pains. About ¼ of lung cancer patients experiences dull, achy and persistent chest pain.

Shortness of breath, the last of the 3 symptoms to lung cancer is a result from the blockage or air to the lungs due to a collection of fluid or pleural effusion around the lungs or this could also be due to tumors spreading or that has spread throughout the lungs. With this, wheezing and hoarseness may be a symptom that there is blockage or inflammation in the lungs.

Because the lungs are affected and is the primary target, chronic pneumonia or bronchitis could be a sign of lung cancer as well.

Once the cancer has metastasized or spread to other parts of the organ, the condition will then be graded as serious. There are different stages of cancer with 1 being the beginning of the cancer and 5 being fatal or with no treatment available for help.

Often times, lung cancer would spread to the liver, the adrenal glands, the bones and then to the brain. The worst part is that the patient may not be aware that he, or she, has cancer at all. If the cancer has metastasized to the lung, this will have no symptoms at all and the same goes if the cancer spreads to the adrenal glands. However, once the cancer gets to the bones, the patient would feel pain and at first it the pain could be mistaken for simple “aches and pains” or perhaps a pulled muscle or a strained muscle or a pinched nerve. The chronic pain will usually drive the patient to the doctor and there tests will be done to determine the source of the pain. The “bone pain” would usually be felt on the ribs, thigh bones and/or the backbone. Once the cancer reaches the brain this could then cause blindness or weak vision, seizures may occur and weakness on one side of the body.

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