Lung cancer symptoms include feeling like you have ‘a bad cold’

Lung cancer doesn’t tend to have symptoms during its early stages, although it can. But as the disease progresses, several major symptoms can pop up – including coughing up blood and a loss of appetite, according to the NHS. But health bodies also warn of symptoms that could be mistaken for a cold.

The American Thoracic Society explained: “Symptoms of lung cancer can vary from person to person.

“You may have no symptoms at all or you may feel like you have bronchitis or a bad cold that does not get better.”

The other symptoms that the health body recognises are a cough that gets worse in time, shortness of breath, chest pain, a hoarse voice, and regular lung infections.

The NHS notes the following “less common” symptoms:

  • changes in the appearance of your fingers, such as becoming more curved or their ends becoming larger (this is known as finger clubbing)
  • difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) or pain when swallowing
  • persistent chest or shoulder pain

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Lung cancer is most likely to be cured after an early detection — the time when it is least likely to show symptoms.

Given this, lung cancer screening is offered to people that are at high risk.

Yet, some mild symptoms may be spotted depending on which part of the lung has been affected – explains the Cancer Treatment Centres of America.


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