What Are the Early Warning Signs of Lung Cancer?


What is Lung Cancer?

Lung cancer is almost always caused by cigarette smoking. Many times it’s not diagnosed until the later stages of the disease which normally means that it has already spread to other tissue and organs. It’s also the leading cause of cancer deaths in the US in both men and women which is sad as the risks of developing it significantly decrease if a person does not smoke.

What are the early warning signs?

Lung cancer has many symptoms however some of the earliest signs can be mistaken for common everyday illnesses. Many of the symptoms of lung cancer do not show up until the cancer is in a later stage. Some of the early warning signs can include:

o Persistent Cough

o Recurrent Bronchitis or Pneumonia

o Loss of Appetite, Weight Loss

o Chest Pain

Some of the additional symptoms of Lung Cancer are listed below. While having any of these symptoms does not mean you have cancer, a Dr. should be consulted if you are suffering from any of the following:

o Fever without a known reason

o Abnormal Chest X-ray

o Coughing Up Blood

o Hoarseness

o Chronic Shortness of Breath

If you are suffering from any or several of these symptoms and you are a current or former smoker, you should contact your physician and schedule an appointment to have an examination. There are tests that can be done to determine the cause of your symptoms and these tests can either diagnose or rule out lung cancer. Some of the tests available include a blood count test, X-ray as well as bone scan or sputum exam.


If you are a smoker and are concerned about any of the symptoms you are experiencing remember the sooner you are diagnosed the better. Cancer can spread very rapidly and by beginning treatments as soon as possible you can improve your chance of survival.