- Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States.
- While there are some early signs to watch for, it often goes undetected until the disease has advanced and spread.
- Protect your health by getting informed and talk to your doctor about your risk for lung cancer.
Lung cancer is an awful disease that develops when cells divide and mutate uncontrollably. Over time, cancer prevents your lungs from working properly, resulting in unpleasant symptoms. It’s a lot more common than you may think too.
According to the National Cancer Institute, lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States. It’s estimated that there are over 200,000 new cases each year. Unfortunately, it often goes undiagnosed until it’s in an advanced stage. But cancer screenings offer hope in detecting cancer early. One way you can protect your health is by getting informed. Here’s a look at everything you need to know about lung cancer.
Early Warning Signs of Lung Cancer
Unfortunately, the American Cancer Society says most lung cancers don’t cause any symptoms until the disease has spread. But there are still early warning signs you should be on the lookout for that could indicate lung cancer.
- A cough that doesn’t go away
- A cough that gets worse
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Loss of appetite
- Unexplained weight loss
- Fatigue and weakness
- New onset wheezing
Many of these symptoms can indicate something far less serious, but it’s always important to have any new or persistent symptoms checked by a doctor.