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Lung Cancer: 13 Common Symptoms

According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the second-most common form of the disease among both men and women. In addition, one in 16 people will be diagnosed with some form of lung cancer during their lifetimes. You are at risk even if you have never smoked, which is why you should keep an eye out for some of the most common symptoms of lung cancer.

1. Persistent Cough

Those with lung cancer often have a persistent cough that does not go away and has no attributable cause. If your cough continues for several weeks, does not improve with treatment, or seems to get worse over time, you could be in the early stages of lung cancer. Likewise, if you cough up blood or wheeze so hard that your chest hurts, this can also be cause for alarm.

2. Hoarseness

Being a little hoarse after a bout with tonsillitis or a sore throat is really no big deal. But if you suddenly become hoarse yet have no other symptoms, the reason could be lung cancer. This is especially true if your voice changes dramatically or other people have trouble determining what you are saying.