Lung cancer often doesn’t show any signs or symptoms in its early stages meaning it can be quite hard to recognise until it has progressed.
However, there are several symptoms that are important to pay attention to as catching the cancer early gives a better chance of private cancer treatment being effective.
Some of the symptoms of lung cancer may present as other illnesses or medical conditions, so it is important to visit a doctor and seek advice if you experience any so you can either receive treatment for the illness you have or to identify it as cancer.
The most common symptom of lung cancer include:
A new, persistent cough that doesn’t go away. This symptom may be ignored as simply being a cold or the flu, however, if it presents for longer than three weeks it is important to seek medical advice as this can be a sign of a much more serious issue.
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing deeply without pain. This can be from doing regular daily activities that wouldn’t usually cause you to be out of breath and in pain such as walking, laughing or coughing.
A loss of appetite and unexpected weight loss are symptoms of cancer that present for most types of cancer, not just lung cancer.
If you find you are suddenly dropping weight for no reason and find you are no longer hungry or able to eat as much as usually, it can be a sign that something is wrong.
Coughing up blood or phlegm that is rust-coloured can be a very serious symptom of lung cancer. If you are coughing up blood you should seek medical help as soon as possible.
Tiredness, fatigue and exhaustion are also symptoms of lung cancer. This means feeling tired or exhausted when you wouldn’t usually, such as being overly tired from simply going about your daily activities.