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Dr. Robert Reynolds
Ask a Pro - Lung Cancer

Q: I am a 65 year old woman who has been smoking most of my life. What are some symptoms of lung cancer?

A: Lung cancer may not produce any noticeable symptoms in the early stages and many people aren’t diagnosed until the disease has advanced. Common symptoms of lung cancer may include:

  • Coughing: A respiratory infection will go away in a week or two, but a cough that lingers could be lung cancer
  • Coughing up blood: Coughing up blood or phlegm
  • Breathing difficulties: Lung cancer narrows an airway causing shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Loss of appetite or weight loss: An unexplained weight loss of 10 pounds or more
  • Fatigue: Feeling weak or excessively tired, even after extra amounts of sleep or rest
  • Recurring infections: Recurring infections, like bronchitis or pneumonia

   The USPTSF commend recommends yearly low dose CT lung cancer screening for those who currently smoke or have quit within the last 10 years. If you have any questions or concerns, it is important to talk to your doctor. If caught at an early stage, lung cancer is often treatable and controllable.

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