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Signs and Symptoms of Lung Cancer

Symptoms of lung cancer usually occur when the condition progresses towards advanced stage. There is usually no signs or symptoms in the early stages, but when they appear, the symptoms may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • A cough that does not go away (more than 2 weeks)
  • Coughing up blood
  • Frequent lung infections (such as pneumonia or bronchitis)
  • Feeling tired
  • Chest discomfort
  • Unexplained weight loss

Symptoms of Advanced Lung Cancer

Advanced lung cancer means that the cancer has spread to different parts of the body, such as the brain, bones, or liver. If lung cancer spreads to other parts of the body, it may cause:

  • Pain in the back or hips (with bone metastases)
  • Headaches, weakness, dizziness, memory loss, or balance problems (with brain metastases)
  • Jaundice – yellowing of the skin and eyes (with liver metastases)

Having any one of these symptoms does not necessarily mean that you have lung cancer. Some of these symptoms may be caused by other conditions or diseases. However, if you have any of these problems, it’s important to see your doctor right away so the cause can be found and treated early.

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