There are many known sources that cause the formation of lung cancer. The most common being the inhalation of foreign matter such as asbestos, smoke and paint or chemical fumes. With the many ways that may induce the occurrence of lung cancer, most medical practitioners will tell you that it is one of the most elusive of all cancer forms and types.
The symptoms of lung cancer are usually not present or easy to identify, because of the symptoms that the cancer may or may not present. Most commonly lung cancer in the earliest of its stages and advancements is misdiagnosed as other illness’s such as upper respiratory infection, reoccurring bronchitis and even several different types of pneumonias or allergies.
Difficult to diagnose with no apparent symptoms in the early stages of lung cancer makes it harder to treat successfully. Most symptoms do not make themselves present until the cancer has metastasized (spread or grown) into other areas of the body such as the bones, stomach or throat and even possibly growing into the nerves around the area the cancer originally invaded.
Some symptoms most commonly associated with lung cancer are but not limited to:
Difficulty breathing or swallowing, wheezing and chest pain or coughing up blood and difficulty speaking such as hoarseness.
“I just couldn’t breath, my chest felt like it was on fire.” said Kim S. of Iowa, “I knew something was wrong.”
Lung cancer is also capable of spreading to the brain causing headaches, seizers, blurred vision and weakness in one or both left and right sides of the body.
Other symptoms a person should watch for may include weight gain or weight loss in excess of ten pounds with no obvious reason for such, fatigue or extreme tiredness, depression or severe mood swings and persistent bronchitis or chest infections
Depression and mood swings are usually associated with lung cancer after it has metastasized to other parts of the body such as the brain.
Lung cancer that has spread to the nerves of a person may cause shoulder or back pain also known as pan coast’s syndrome, or it may cause the over secretion of hormones leading to a barrage of other illness’s such as Hyperthyroidism.
However elusive and under the radar lung cancer may be, any unusual symptoms such as shortness of breath, cold or flu like symptoms that will not go away or any other symptom that may involve your chest or head should be reported to your doctor right away. As with all other cancers successful treatment depends on the early detection of an illness and its symptoms. You may think you have,” Just a chest cold.” but reality prevails it could be much worse and getting worse with the longer you wait to see a doctor. Again early detection is key when it comes to cancer and the successful treatment thereof.