Lung cancer in women
This type of cancer is commonly called adenocarcinoma and it spreads on the outer part of the lungs. The symptoms are less obvious than in the other types of lung cancer. In many cases the tumor can become large and it can spread throughout the body before being detected.
Some of the early symptoms are:
- Back and shoulder pain;
- Shortness of breath while exercising;
- Increased mucus and change in color;
- Chest, shoulder, and back pain;
- Persistent cough;
- Coughing blood;
- Coughing up phlegm or mucus with blood;
- Harsh sound while breathing;
- Shortness of breath.
- Loss of muscle mass;
- Appetite loss and unexplained weight loss;
- Blood clots;
- Neck or face swelling;
- Loss of memory;
- Bone fractures that are not caused by accidental injury;
- Joint or bone pain.
Men usually develop squamous cell carcinomas known as non-small cell lung cancer. It develops in the central part of the lungs, near the main airway (bronchus) and results in obstruction of air. The symptoms are obviously related to lung cancer compared to the most commonly experienced by women.
These are some of the symptoms:
- Repeated lung infections like bronchitis or pneumonia;
- Chronic cough.
The symptoms of lung cancer may seem obvious, but it is extremely important not to overlook the warning signs. It is also very important to reduce the risks of lung cancer at all costs and this unfortunately for many, includes smoking.
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