Family history, lifestyle and where you work or live may increase your risk of getting cancer. That's why we encourage you to speak with your primary care provider about changes you can make to help prevent cancer.
The right cancer treatment is based on an accurate diagnosis.
The most common lung cancer symptom is a cough that won't go away.
Other symptoms of lung cancer include:
If you have possible lung cancer symptoms, your doctor may use pulmonary function tests to confirm how bad your symptoms are and how they can be alleviated. Pulmonary function tests are a group of tests that measure how well the lungs take in and release air and how well they move oxygen into the blood.
Cigarette smoking causes about 90 percent of lung cancer cases.
Asbestos can also cause symptoms of lung cancer. Workers who regularly breathe in asbestos dust have a high risk of getting lung cancer.
Lung cancer symptoms also may be caused by the tumor spreading to other areas of the body. Symptoms depend on where the cancer has spread.
For example, if cancer has gone from the lungs to the brain, you may have headaches, nausea, vomiting, confusion or weakness.
American Cancer Society, All About Lung Cancer – Non-small Cell, All About Lung Cancer – Small Cell; Virginia Piper Cancer Institute
Katie Schwarzkopf, manager, Lung Program at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute - Abbott Northwestern Hospital