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Identifying the symptoms of lung cancer

Lung cancer is a debilitating disease that affects millions of people throughout the country each year. It is always important for you to speak with a doctor about any unusual symptoms or feelings you have regarding your health. Many times, symptoms associated with lung cancer turn out to be bronchitis or some other illness and vice versa.

You can experience symptoms in the chest and elsewhere throughout the body if you are suffering from lung cancer. The symptoms that present themselves in the chest cavity, include the following:

  • Changes in your voice
  • Coughing that persists or becomes more intense
  • Change in the color of your sputum
  • Pain located in the shoulders, chest or back that is not associated with coughing
  • Short of breath
  • Coughing blood
  • Recurring lung issues like pneumonia or bronchitis
  • Harsh sounds when breathing, which is known as stridor
  • Coughing up mucus that has blood in it

The symptoms you can experience elsewhere throughout the body include the following:

  • Bone fractures not caused by injury
  • Fatigue
  • Blood clots
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling of the face or neck
  • Pain in the joints or bones
  • Unexplained loss of weight
  • Loss of appetite
  • Memory loss
  • Balance issues
  • Headaches
  • General feeling of weakness
  • Wasting of the muscles, which is known as cachexia

These two lists of symptoms are merely examples and are not exhaustive lists. You should always consult with your doctor should any of these symptoms exist, persist or become worse.

If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer, it's best to speak with an experienced asbestos attorney in New Orleans about your situation. It's quite possible that your contraction of this disease could have been work-related.

Source:, "Symptoms of Lung Cancer," Oct. 11, 2017

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