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Common lung cancer symptoms include constant chest pain, coughing up blood, and swelling of the neck and face. Other symptoms include a persistent cough that gets worse over time, fatigue, and weight loss. Approximately 25 percent of patients experience no symptoms of lung cancer when the disease is first diagnosed.

An Introduction to Lung Cancer Symptoms

Symptoms of lung cancer may vary from person to person, and some patients may experience no symptoms at all. In fact, about 1 in 4 people do not have any symptoms when their disease is initially found.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Lung Cancer

Common signs and symptoms of lung cancer (when present) include:
  • A cough that doesn't go away and gets worse over time
  • Constant chest pain
  • Coughing up blood
  • Swelling of the neck and face
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Weight loss
  • Shortness of breath, wheezing, or hoarseness
  • Repeated problems with pneumonia or bronchitis.


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


Things to Remember About Lung Cancer Symptoms

The possible symptoms described above are not sure signs of lung cancer. Other health problems can also cause these symptoms. Still, a person should see their healthcare provider about any these possible lung cancer symptoms as soon as possible so that the problem can be diagnosed and treated.
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