Lung cancer is no joke, and if it’s not caught early enough, just like other forms of cancer, you need to make sure that you are catching it early and look for telltale signs that you may have it, especially if you’re at risk. There are many things that can put you at risk for lung cancer, but don’t be fooled just because you don’t think you have any. Some people who’ve never smoked, and even weren’t exposed to numerous carcinogens can get it, even if they don’t have family members in the past who suffered from cancer.
Of course a smoker’s cough is something to worry about, even as a smoker. But if you’re not a smoker, and you start to have symptoms of nonstop fits of coughing that you can’t get rid of, you may want to get checked out.
Shortness of Breath and Sustained Fatigue
Of course, this doesn’t always mean that you have lung cancer, but if you’re having fluid in the lungs, this can cause a lot of problems, and can even be caused by a tumor. If you are ever concerned about this and have no other symptoms or possibilities to rule out (pregnancy, asthma, an actual illness, etc.), then you can get ahold of a doctor.
Being horse is something that is abnormal, as this means our vocal chords are damaged. But did you know that your trachea can contract lung cancer tumors as well? If you notice that your voice changes for no reason and you’re well beyond puberty, you might want to have that looked at.
Of course regular bronchitis can also be considered, but chronic bronchitis doesn’t go away. This is actually very dangerous and can be a symptom of lung cancer. If you’re a smoker, not only do you increase the risks of getting chronic bronchitis, but you also increase the risk of toxins staying in your lungs as well, which can be more harmful and inflame tumors too
Sometimes regular chest pain in the center of your chest may not actually be a heart attack. If you have this with many other symptoms in this list, then you may actually be suffering from lung cancer. This can happen even at the earliest stages, and anything can cause it, such as coughing, laughing, or other simple activities. If so, you may want to have this looked at.
Rapid Weight Loss
Of course, losing weight rapidly is different if you’re actively trying to, but if you’re not planning or trying to lose weight, and all of a sudden, you find yourself losing 10 pounds when you’ve done nothing to cause that to happen, you might want to get to a doctor quickly, as this can actually be a significant sign of advanced stages of cancer.
Believe it or not, having pain from lung cancer can actually travel to your bones. If you have unexplained pains in your bones and joints that isn’t arthritis, or physical activity-related, then you may want to consult a physician immediately to ensure that you’re not suffering from cancer.
What are Some Risk Factors?
Well, it’s almost common knowledge that smokers have a higher increased risk of contracting cancer; as a matter of fact, any carcinogen exposure increases your risk. What people don’t know is that other forms of cancer can be caused by other media hypes that have finally been proven to be true. There is a humongous controversy involved with cell phone use, microwave radiation exposure, and more. Fortunately, there have been constantly conflicting study results that have proven time and time again that just because you talk on a cell phone, it doesn’t mean you’ll get cancer.
One of the major factors though is genetics, and even if one of your immediate family members didn’t have it, cancer is a mean bug and can actually mutate in your body if you even carry a gene that is skipped from generations before you. And we all know how genes can skip.
What do I Do if I Smoke?
The best thing of course you can do is to stop smoking, however you should do it properly. There are some people who believe that quitting cold turkey is the way to do it, but there have been other studies that have showed that quitting cold turkey is an abrupt change to a smoker’s body who has been smoking for decades, and therefore, this abrupt change can actually cause tumor growth. For someone who has been a smoker this long, cutting down and quitting is often recommended, especially if they’re at risk for cancer.
If you think that you may have lung cancer, you need to contact your local physician immediately, especially if you have any of the risks and a large combination of these seven warning signs above.