Things About Lung Cancer Doctors Wish You Knew
Early lung cancer symptoms are rare
You may be ignoring the signs of lung cancer. But unfortunately, the symptoms frequently show up only after the cancer is advanced. “This is why so many people diagnosed with lung cancer have metastatic disease [cancer that’s spread],” Dr. Sands says. “Seventy percent of lung cancers diagnosed from symptoms are stage 4 and not curable.” Plus, symptoms of lung cancer are so common among smokers, they’re not reliable for diagnosis. Even so, see your doctor if you have symptoms under the acronym BREATHE: Blood when coughing, recurring respiratory infections, enduring cough, aches in the shoulder, back, or chest, trouble breathing, hoarseness or wheezing, or exhaustion.