(CTN News) – There are several warning signs of lung cancer that many people know, but there are also some less well-known symptoms that should be monitored.
According to Cancer Research, there are approximately 48,500 new lung cancer cases each year in the UK – more than 130 cases per day. Cancer tends to spread more rapidly than other cancers because of the movement of cells through the blood.
The Daily Record reports that the disease is often detected only after it has already spread, making it more dangerous and difficult to treat.
When lung cancer is detected early, the survival rate is typically higher. Knowing the warning signs to look out for is crucial, therefore.
Smokers are also more likely to be diagnosed with lung cancer if they are 60 years or older. In addition to second-hand smoke and radiation, substances such as asbestos, chromium and nickel compounds can also contribute to the illness.
You can reduce your risk of developing the potentially fatal disease by maintaining your general health and avoiding risk factors. In most cases, the disease affects the airways leading to the lungs.
This can cause symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath, and persistent coughing. Coughing can also bring up blood or phlegm.
There are, however, other, lesser known signs to keep an eye out for, such as shoulder pain or weakness. An arm tumour located at the top of the lung can put pressure on nerves and blood vessels.
The result is often a persistent sensation of pins and needles in the shoulder and limbs. In some cases, this sensation and pain can also be felt in the chest because of the tumour’s location and size.
There is also a link between clubbing of the fingers and lung cancer. As a result of lack of oxygen, the tips of the fingers become swollen. Another possibility is that the tumour might block the flow of blood to the head, resulting in swelling around the face as well.
In the UK, lung cancer is most commonly associated with the following symptoms:
Cough that doesn’t go away after two or three weeks
Cough that has been bothering you for a long time
A recurring chest infection
When breathing or coughing, there is an ache or pain
Breathing problems that persist
Tiredness or fatigue that persists
Loss of appetite or weight loss that is unexplained
The release of hormones from cancerous cells can also cause symptoms in other parts of the body. As a result, some may experience extreme fatigue and weight loss.
If you suffer from a long-term lung infection or if it has not responded to antibiotics or other treatments, consult a medical professional.
While it’s unlikely to be lung cancer, you should speak to your GP if you experience any of these symptoms. Cancer can be treated more easily if it is found early.