Lung cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer because its symptoms are hard to notice in the first stages of the disease. Once the symptoms are diagnosed it’s usually progressed to the 3rd stage. In fact, 40% of the patients are diagnosed when the disease reaches 3rd stage.Lung cancer in the early stages cannot be diagnosed with x-rays, because it doesn’t show up on the images. CT scans are much more effective in diagnosing this type of cancer, so it’s recommended that people between 55 and 80 and all the active smokers who smoke for more than 15years undergo CT scans in order to make sure they’re not in danger
However, there are certain symptoms of early stage lung cancer we should all be familiar with so that we can have the upper hand and stand a fighting chance if such an unfortunate situation occurs. Here are 7 of the most common early symptoms of lung cancer you should look out for:
Whistling/ WheezingWe all know how normal breathing sounds and we can easily notice if some breathing irregularities occur. If you notice whistling orwheezing sounds while you breathe normally it’s best to consult with your doctor and explain your symptoms to him. It doesn’t necessarily have to mean that you have lung cancer; they could be a sign of some other benign medical condition which is easy to treatand cure, like inflamed or obstructed airways. But it’s always best to check and be sure.
Shortness of Breath
Shortness of breath and difficulties breathing are another symptom which is easily attributed to a number of other medical conditions, usually respiratory diseases. But this is also one of the first signs of lung cancer which could occur because the tumor is obstructing or narrowing the airways or there’s a liquid build up in the chest. If you have breathing difficulties while performing he easiest tasks, which haven’t caused you problems before you need to see your doctor as soon as you can and explain these issues. He’ll know best whether you should be worried or not.
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