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Not all people with lung cancer will have early symptoms. In fact, about 25 percent of people with lung cancer exhibit no signs or symptoms when their cancer is found. For those people who do experience early symptoms of lung cancer, they may include fatigue, constant chest pain, and fever.

Early Signs and Symptoms of Lung Cancer: An Overview

Different people may experience different early symptoms of lung cancer. Some people with lung cancer don't have any early symptoms at all. In fact, about 25 percent of patients diagnosed with lung cancer do not display any early symptoms -- including some people with advanced lung cancer.

Common Early Lung Cancer Symptoms

If early symptoms do occur, they may include one or more of the following:
  • A cough that doesn't go away and gets worse over time
  • Constant chest pain
  • Coughing up blood
  • Shortness of breath, wheezing, or hoarseness
  • Swelling of the neck and face
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Weight loss.

Other Early Symptoms of Lung Cancer

Other early lung cancer symptoms that can sometimes occur include:
  • Repeated bouts of pneumonia
  • Changes in the shape of the fingertips
  • Swollen or enlarged lymph nodes (glands) in the upper chest and lower neck.
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