Lung cancer has been known as the second most common cancer in both of men and women, as well as the leading cause of cancer death, according to the American Cancer Society. While you may actually think that smokers are the only part of the population who are at risk of lung cancer, then you are wrong because you will be surprised to know that 20% of lung cancer deaths are those people who do not even smoke. The American Cancer Society has explained that air pollution, second-hand smokers, radon gas and other cancer-causing agents such as asbestos and diesel exhaust are all chief risk factors for having lung cancer.
The best protection against lung cancer is to know the early signs and symptoms of it. The sooner you get to your doctor and the sooner that this type of cancer has been diagnosed, the better the chances of recovery and immediate healing.
Here are the early signs and symptoms of lung cancer:
If you have noticed a small increase in your frequency of having some illnesses just like cold, flu, bronchitis or pneumonia, you have to immediately consult your doctor about the possible causes of your depressed immune system. Dr. Kelley has said that when cancer begins to settle in lung tissue and bronchial tubes, the lung becomes more vulnerable to illness.
Sudden weight loss
If you have suddenly lost some interest in food or feel full faster right after beginning to eat, lung cancer may be the reason behind your loss of appetite. Dr. Kelly has advised keeping a notebook in order to record symptoms and possible causes just like food poisoning, food allergy, PMS in women, as well as the gastrointestinal issue. If the cause is merely unexplained, bring the problem to your doctor's attention.
You may be shocked to know that thickened and painful fingertips are one of the most common symptoms of lung cancer. This is due to the ability of lung tumor to produce chemicals into the bloodstream that spurs bone and tissue's growth in the fingertips, as well as under the fingernails. Dr. Kelley had even recommended telling your doctor about the thickening, swelling or clubbing in the fingers.
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