Lung cancer is a very serious — and sometimes scary — topic to discuss. Not only is it the leading cause of cancer deaths among both men and women, but a good 20% of those diagnosed are also people who’ve never smoked at all! Unfortunately, lung cancer can happen to anyone. Whether you’re young or old, a smoker or non-smoker, Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers (RMCC) wants you to have all the information you need to be on the lookout for lung cancer symptoms.
As with most other cancers, lung cancer symptoms don’t usually present themselves until the cancer has become more advanced. With that said, that’s not always the case for everyone. For some people, something as minor as a slight cough or shortness of breath could be an early symptom of lung cancer— especially if it continues to progress, rather than get better.
Treatment for lung cancer, like most cancers, is more likely to be effective if the cancer is diagnosed early. Because of that, we recommend you contact your doctor if you are experiencing any of these lung cancer symptoms:
Once lung cancer becomes advanced and spreads to other areas of the body, symptoms often change. Some advanced lung cancer symptoms may include:
Sometimes, syndromes— groups of very specific symptoms — can be caused by lung cancers. However, because these syndromes can affect other organs in the body, your physician may misdiagnose, thinking something other than lung cancer is causing the problem. These syndromes include:
In many cases, most symptoms that can be related to lung cancer, including the syndromes, are the result of something other than lung cancer. Regardless, if you notice one or more of these signs or symptoms, or anything unusual, it is important to see your doctor immediately so the cause can be found and treated, if needed.
At Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers we are committed to helping you battle lung cancer by providing access to advanced, holistic care in a community-based setting. Together, we will develop a personalized treatment plan that will cover all your needs.