This is one of two main forms of lung cancer, this one involving healthy cells that grow uncontrollably and form tumors. Non-small cell lung cancer, or known in short as NSCLC, accounts for up to 85-percent of lung cancer cases, according to the American Cancer Society.
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It’s important for doctors to distinguish which type of lung cancer they’re dealing with early (even though many lung cancers don’t lead to symptoms until they’ve advanced) so they can start the appropriate treatment, which differs dramatically for both, adds the source. Here are seven signs you may be developing NSCLC, but never jump to conclusions – let a medical professional sort it out.
1. Endless Coughing
Smoking can often cause bouts of coughing, but if you’re not a smoker or notice your cough is getting worse, you should have it checked out. The American Cancer Society explains that a cough that gets worse or doesn’t go away is a sign of NSCLC.
The same source also notes you may notice you’re coughing up blood or “rust-colored” phlegm, which is also a telltale sign of this form a lung cancer. You’ll likely also experience pain when you’re coughing as well, it adds.