According to the American Cancer Society, most lung cancers don’t cause symptoms until they’ve spread, but some people do experience them in the early stages. If you notice these warning signs and schedule a lung scan, you may be able to diagnose cancer when treatment is likely to be more effective.
Today, we’ll be highlighting the most common symptoms, other syndromes they may be indicating and how to detect lung disease in its earliest stages.
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Symptoms of Lung Disease
Slight wheezing or a nagging cough probably doesn’t hit your radar during the course of a busy day. But, it’s important to pay attention to these early warning signs so you’re able to receive treatment before the disease becomes serious or life-threatening.
Many believe that difficulty with breathing naturally comes with age. However, these symptoms could be the first signs of COPD, asthma or lung cancer.
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms below, monitor them closely and make an appointment with your healthcare provider if necessary. A lung scan is also helpful for detecting the smallest abnormalities early on.
Here are the most common symptoms of lung disease:
- Coughing that does not go away or worsens
- Coughing up blood or rust-colored phlegm
- Chest pain that worsens with deep breathing, coughing or laughing
- Weight loss and loss of appetite
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling tired or weak
- Infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia
- New onset of wheezing
If lung cancer has spread to other organs, you may be feeling:
- Bone pain (like pain in the back or hips)
- Nervous system changes (such as headaches, numbness of an arm or leg, dizziness, balance problems or seizures)
- Yellowing of the skin and eyes
- Lumps near the surface of the body (like in the neck or above the collarbone)
Other Potential Syndromes
As you’ve probably guessed, these symptoms can be caused by symptoms other than lung cancer. But if you’re experiencing them on a regular basis, it’s important to discuss this with your doctor and seek treatment – regardless of the ailment it may be.
Diseases are often classified by a group of specific symptoms (also known as syndromes). If you don’t have lung cancer, you may be at risk for one of the following health syndromes.
- Horner Syndrome: A disrupted nerve pathway on one side from the brain to the face and eye.
- Superior Vena Cava Syndrome: A disruption of a nerve pathway from the brain to the face and eye on one side of the body.
- Paraneoplastic Syndrome: A rare disorder that’s triggered by an altered immune system response to a neoplasm.
Preventive Lung Scans
In the United States, about 225,000 people are diagnosed each year with lung cancer. However, early detection and prevention methods are changing the way physicians diagnose and treat the condition.
A lung scan at Advanced Body Scan has the ability to detect cancerous and suspicious masses before they become life threatening and require invasive treatment methods.
According to Cancer Treatment Centers of America, the five-year survival rate of those with late-stage lung cancer is less than 10 percent. While shown in recent studies, early CT screenings for lung cancer increased patient’s long-term survival rate up to 82 percent.
That’s a big difference in terms of survival between early and late detection.
At the end of the day, it’s crucial to listen to your body. If something doesn’t feel right, schedule a lung scan and visit your doctor to discuss the findings. Not everyone with lung cancer will develop these symptoms early on, but these are the most likely signs to appear before the disease spreads.
Even if it’s not lung cancer, you’ll be glad you got treatment and kicked that annoying cough.
For more information on lung disease and our preventive scans, we invite you to reach out to us today at (918) 879-6161.
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