Lung Cancer: It’s Not Just a Smokers Disease

Lung cancer is the No. 1 cause of cancer deaths in both men and women in the United States. It accounts for about 27 percent of all cancer deaths and kills more people than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. Even non-smokers can get lung cancer. New research shows that lung cancer rates are surging among people who have never smoked!

So what can be done to fight against lung cancer? One of the best defenses against this deadly disease is early detection. Lung cancer, if not detected early, can spread before symptoms present, making it more difficult to treat. Good news is that with today’s advanced technology and continuous research,
screening tests and regular check-ups with your health care provider are your best defenses.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Lung Cancer
Most lung cancers do not cause any symptoms until they have spread too far to be cured, but symptoms do occur in some people with early stages of lung cancer. The most common symptoms of lung cancer are:

• A persistent cough (with or without blood or rust-colored phlegm)
• Chest pain that is often worse with deep breathing, coughing, or laughing
• Hoarseness
• Weight loss and loss of appetite
• Shortness of breath
• New onset of wheezing
• Feeling tired or weak
• Constant or chronic lung infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia

Most of the symptoms listed above do not mean you have lung cancer but should not be ignored. If you experience any of the above mentioned symptoms, it’s important to see your doctor right away so the cause can be found and treated, if needed.

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