The most common symptoms of lung cancer are:
- a new or changed cough that is persistent (doesn’t go away)
- coughing up blood
- wheezing, trouble breathing or shortness of breath
- chest pain and/or shoulder pain or discomfort – the pain may be worse with coughing or deep breathing
- hoarse voice
- trouble swallowing
- weight loss
- loss of appetite
- tiredness or weakness
- infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia that keep coming back
- swelling in the face or veins in the neck
- symptoms such as jaundice, headache, bone pain or swollen lymph nodes that are associated with the spread of the cancer to other parts of the body.
Many conditions can cause these symptoms, not just lung cancer. If you have any of these symptoms, they are not otherwise explained and they persist, you should talk to your doctor.
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