Even if you’ve never smoked… 7 signs of lung cancer that women should also watch out for

Long cough, unexplained weight loss, etc.

A cough that continues for several months can be a sign of lung cancer. [사진=클립아트코리아]

5% to 15% of lung cancer patients do not smoke. Even if you don’t smoke, you can get lung cancer. Lung cancer has a higher death rate than breast cancer and colorectal cancer. According to ‘Women’s Health’, an American women’s health and lifestyle magazine, you are advised to consult a doctor if the following symptoms appear whether you smoke or not.

Frequent bronchitis

A frequent occurrence of infectious diseases such as bronchitis or pneumonia is evidence of a tumor or lesion blocking the airways. If mucus is secreted in a condition where air communication is not good, there is often an infection.

A cough that doesn’t go away

If the cough continues for several months, it is best to see a doctor. Diagnosis should be made by chest X-ray or computed tomography (CT). Experts say, “CT is an early method of diagnosing asymptomatic lung cancer.”

Losing weight for no reason

Unintentional weight loss is a red flag for health. In particular, cancer should be suspected. Cancer steals nutrients that the body needs to absorb. What’s more, it creates hormone-like substances that disrupt your body’s balance, which can lead to weight loss. Experts advise, “If you’ve lost 5 to 10 percent of your weight without even trying to lose weight, it’s best to see a doctor.”

Swelling of the neck and face

Large malignant tumors are a symptom of superior venous syndrome, which prevents blood from returning to the heart from the head and shoulders. Among malignancies, lung cancer is the most common, and among lung cancers, it is most likely to be small cell cancer.

Less strength

Lung cancer affects the muscles. Asthenia of the hips, shoulders, arms and legs is common. Experts say, “The feeling of muscle weakness comes with extreme fatigue, so it is difficult to distinguish between the two.”

△ cut blood

If blood comes out when you cough, you should see a doctor. Experts say, “Heat blood patients usually come to the hospital with fear. It can be a symptom of lung cancer, but it can also be a symptom of a general infection.” “But, unless it’s temporary hemoptysis, it’s best to see a doctor before you vomit a fist-sized chunk of blood,” they advise.

Pain in the bone

When lung cancer spreads to other organs, pain can be felt deep in the bones or joints. Experts say that “pain in the back, especially in the buttocks, is common.”

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