Even though lung cancer kills approximately 1.3 million people each year, the disease is not a definite death sentence. Those diagnosed early stand a 50-percent greater chance of survival over those whose undiagnosed cancer spreads to other organs throughout the body.
Any of the following early warning signs of lung cancer could save your life if detected early…
1. Labored Breathing
Being short of breath after climbing some stairs or doing any kind of mild exercise might not seem like a big deal and is often chalked up to poor exercise habits, but it can be due to something more serious. If you suddenly find yourself short of breath when performing activities that didn’t previously make you winded, you should interpret it as a warning sign that something might be wrong.
Keep in mind that shortness of breath can have many causes, but if you’re at increased risk for lung cancer, you should have it checked out as soon as possible. As noted, cancer survival rates are much higher in cases where the disease is detected early and treated aggressively.