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Each year, more men and women die from lung cancer than breast, colon, and prostate cancer combined. It is a highly fatal disease, with hundreds of thousands of new cases being diagnosed each year. It’s critical to recognize the early warning signs in order to intervene. The earlier you seek treatment, the better. These warning signs should trigger setting up an examination by your physician immediately. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Major Warning Signs of Lung Cancer


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Major Warning Signs of Lung Cancer
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  • Each year, more men and women die from lung
    cancer than breast, colon, and prostate cancer
    combined. It is a highly fatal disease, with
    hundreds of thousands of new cases being
    diagnosed each year. Its critical to recognize
    the early warning signs in order to intervene.
    The earlier you seek treatment, the better. These
    warning signs should trigger setting up an
    examination by your physician immediately.

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7. A Chronic Cough
  • Many individuals say they just have a cough and
    chalk it down to nothing more than that, waiting
    far too long to be examined. Lung cancer does not
    just develop in smokers, so non-smokers need to
    take these symptoms just as seriously as someone
    who has smoked for years.

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  • If you have a cough due to a short-term
    respiratory infection or cold, symptoms should
    subside within a week or two. If a cough is
    lingering, have your lungs examined by a
    physician. They will first listen to your lungs,
    then administer an x-ray.

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6. Changes in Breathing Patterns
  • If there has been a chronic cough for quite some
    time, pay attention to changes such as coughing
    more often or if the cough has turned quite
    hoarse. In terms of breathing patterns, be
    mindful of any changes listen to your body. If
    there is shortness of breath and no explanation,
    it could be lung cancer.

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  • In some cases, fluid builds in the chest due to a
    tumor, or cancer cells causing a blockage of some
    sort. Its not normal to suddenly experience
    issues with breathing. Does walking up stairs
    cause the feeling of being winded? When
    completing simple tasks which were not difficult
    prior to the symptoms, is there a shortness of
    breath?

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5. Chest Pain
  • In terms of increased pain, symptoms generally
    start within the chest. There may be pain
    throughout the back, neck, shoulders, and even
    the head. Regardless of the type of pain sharp
    or dull, speak with your doctor about possible
    causes.

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  • Often when chest pain is experienced, patients
    have enlarged lymph nodes or a tumor developing
    on the chest wall, ribs, or lungs. It may also
    mean that youre suffering from pleuritis, a
    condition which causes inflammation within the
    lining of the lungs. Although cancer can cause
    this, so can an infection, lupus, or even
    arthritis.

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4. Weight Loss
  • In some cases, individuals lose weight based on a
    known condition. Even with the flu, a lack of
    appetite can quickly cause people to lose 10
    pounds. If there is weight loss without an
    explanation cancer may be present. As cancer
    cells grow and develop, they draw energy from the
    body.

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  • If there is a sudden drop in weight, it could be
    a sign your health is changing. Although it may
    not necessarily be cancer, it could be something
    else worth paying attention to. Weight loss is
    not only a common symptom regarding lung cancer
    but most forms of cancer. Pay attention to body
    weight, as its generally an indication of
    current health conditions.

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3. Raspy Voice
  • In many cases, a raspy voice may be evidence of a
    cold. A raspy, hoarse voice can be concerning,
    especially if you are a smoker. If this symptom
    continues for more than two weeks, its critical
    to get checked by your physician.

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  • In terms of lung cancer, a developing tumor can
    cause increased pressure or influence the nerve
    that controls the larynx. An inflamed larynx can
    also cause hoarseness. Although it could be as
    simple as a bacterial infection, do not take any
    chances, seek medical attention.

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2. Headaches
  • Worst case, headaches could be a sign that lung
    cancer has spread to the brain. If you have a
    chronic headache, it may simply be from chronic
    dehydration or high stress levels. When combined
    with other symptoms, however, a headache could
    mean a brain tumor has developed.

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  • In other cases, a tumor in the lungs can place
    pressure on the superior vena cava a large vein
    which when pressured, can trigger headaches. A
    tension headache is often caused by contracted
    muscles in the shoulders or neck cancer could
    be affecting these areas and in turn, chronic
    headaches develop.

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1. Bone Pain
  • Cancer spreads throughout the body when a
    localized area is not treated. In many cases,
    cancer can spread to bones, producing significant
    pain. Lung cancer would be the primary cancer,
    but once it spreads to your bones, this is
    considered a form of secondary cancer.

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  • Many patients complain the pain is the worst at
    night, as they lay on their back. Although less
    common, there may be pain within arms and neck as
    well. As the bone breaks down, pain will occur.
    Although a bone scan may be required, a blood
    test may also be administered in order to check
    calcium levels.

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