Lung Cancer Symptoms


Lung cancer may not cause any symptoms at all in its earliest stages, making it difficult to detect when survival rates and cure rates are higher.

Often, it mimics other, less serious health issues in the beginning, or its symptoms can be mistaken as signs of smoking alone.

In general, the American Cancer Society lists these signs and symptoms of lung cancer:

  • A cough that does not go away or gets worse, or is accompanied by blood-colored sputum
  • Chest pain that is often worse with deep breathing, coughing, or laughing
  • Respiratory infections that keep coming back, like bronchitis or pnemonia
  • Hoarseness
  • Weight loss and loss of appetite
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling tired or weak

As other parts of the body are affected, new lung cancer symptoms may develop, including:

  • Bone pain
  • Swelling of the face, arms or neck
  • Headaches, dizziness or limbs that become weak or numb
  • Jaundice
  • Lumps in the neck or collarbone region