Did you know that lung cancer is one the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women? About one in four people will develop lung cancer in their lifetime. Fortunately, treatment is more effective the earlier lung cancer is detected. If you start to notice any of these symptoms, please reach out to your doctor to be sure.
1. Coughing up Blood
Lung cancer or not, coughing up blood is never, ever a good sign. If and when you realize that you are coughing up blood, you need to see your doctor immediately. According to Raja Flores, MD, professor, and chairman of thoracic surgery at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, coughing up blood isn’t necessarily an indicator of lung cancer, but it is an indication that medical treatment is needed urgently.
2. Chest Pains
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While chest pains are normally associated with heart attack symptoms, chest, back, or shoulder pains that do not go away are a sign of lung cancer. If you notice a feeling of tightness, sharp pain that only gets worse with deep breaths or coughs, as well as laughter, see your doctor. “You feel pain where the tumor is located,” says Dr. Flores. “If the tumor is to the side, you’ll feel pain on your side, if it is towards the back of the chest, you will feel pain on your back.” In any case, any time of chest or lung pain warrants a trip to the doctor, just in case.