What Symptoms Are Unique to Lung Cancer?

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Although individuals with lung cancer may not experience symptoms in the disease’s early stages, the most common symptoms unique to this type of cancer include coughing up blood, wheezing and a new cough that doesn’t go away, according to the Mayo Clinic. Individuals may also experience chest pains and hoarseness.

As with many other types of cancers, individuals with lung cancer may also lose weight without trying or have unexplained weight loss and experience bone pain, headaches and shortness of breath, according to the Mayo Clinic. People who smoke or are exposed to long-term, secondhand smoke are most at risk for lung cancer.

Additional symptoms of lung cancer in other areas of the body include fatigue, memory loss, facial or neck swelling, blood clots, general weakness and bleeding, according to CancerCare. Some patients may experience a loss of appetite, bone fractures unrelated to accidental injury, unsteadiness and muscle wasting.

The two major types of lung cancer include small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic. Small cell lung cancer is most common in heavy smokers, whereas non-small cell lung cancer, the least common type of lung cancer, includes squamous cell carcinoma, large cell carcinoma and adenocarcinmoa.