Smokers and Former Smokers: How Can You Prevent Lung Cancer?

Warning Signs & Symptoms

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If you are a smoker or have quit within the last 15 years it is extremely important that you keep a look out for warning signs & symptoms. According to The American Cancer Society 3)http://www.cancer.org/cancer/lungcancer-non-smallcell/moreinformation/lungcancerpreventionandearlydetection/lung-cancer-prevention-and-early-detection-signs-and-symptoms these are:

  • A cough that does not go away or gets worse
  • Coughing up blood or rust-colored sputum (spit or phlegm)
  • Chest pain that is often worse with deep breathing, coughing, or laughing
  • Hoarseness
  • Weight loss and loss of appetite
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling tired or weak
  • Infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia that don’t go away or keep coming back
  • New onset of wheezing

If you have any  of these even if you aren’t a smoker we recommend you see your physician. Second hand smoke can be a cause of lung cancer as well. Now just because you have these symptoms doesn’t mean you have lung cancer but early detection is key to a more favorable outcome if you do.

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1, 2, 3.http://www.cancer.org/cancer/lungcancer-non-smallcell/moreinformation/lungcancerpreventionandearlydetection/lung-cancer-prevention-and-early-detection-signs-and-symptoms

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