Don’t ignore these early signs of lung cancer

Your health is one of the most valuable and precious gifts you have, and you know how important it is to take care of yourself. This means remaining vigilant of signs and symptoms that may indicate you have an underlying health condition. In some cases, seemingly minor health problems are actually early indicators of major, life-altering health concerns, such as cancer.

Lung cancer is one of the most devastating types of cancer, but it may be easy to overlook some of the early signs of this illness. If you have a new health issue, you will benefit from a thorough evaluation of your health, even if you do not think anything is wrong. When it comes to any type of cancer, specifically lung cancer, early detection could save your life and lead to more effective treatment.

Do you have any of these health concerns?

Many types of lunch cancers do not lead to noticeable symptoms until the disease is well advanced because the lungs do not have many nerve endings. You may have this type of illness without major pain, discomfort or other significant signs that something is wrong. Some of the early signs and symptoms of lung cancer include:

  • A new and persistent cough, or a cough that produces blood
  • Pain in the chest, back or side
  • Discomfort in the chest area that gets worse when coughing or laughing
  • Shortness of breath, even when doing normal daily activities
  • Unexpected weight loss or loss of appetite
  • Persistent pneumonia or lung infections that you cannot clear
  • Wheezing or hoarseness
  • Difficulty or pain while swallowing
  • Swelling in the neck or face

A lung cancer diagnosis is devastating, but your diligence in seeking support for any minor symptoms you are experiencing now could save your life. The earlier you receive medical treatment for any health concerns you have, the more treatment options may be available to you.

The source of your cancer

Unfortunately, lung cancer could be the result of exposure to various types of dangerous and toxic elements, such as asbestos. If you suspect that toxic exposure in the workplace has compromised your health, you could have legal options available to you. PVC dust, asbestos and other particles could embed in your lungs, leading to a devastating diagnosis in the future. Even if the initial exposure was decades in the past, you may benefit from learning about how you may be able to seek justice and appropriate recovery.