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Symptoms of lung cancer include a persistent cough that gets worse over time, fever, fatigue, and coughing up blood. Examples of other symptoms of lung cancer include constant chest pain, loss of appetite, and repeated problems with pneumonia or bronchitis. Symptoms of lung cancer are not a sure sign of the disease; other health conditions may cause these symptoms, and some people with lung cancer have no symptoms of the disease at their initial diagnosis.

Symptoms of Lung Cancer: An Overview

Symptoms of lung cancer may vary among individuals with the disease. And some people with the disease don't show any signs or symptoms of lung cancer at all; about 25 percent of people with lung cancer do not have symptoms when they are diagnosed.

Common Symptoms of Lung Cancer

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


Other Symptoms of Lung Cancer

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