Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in the United States.
A lung cancer diagnosis can leave you feeling overwhelmed and full of questions. We have a guide can help ease your mind a little and provide you with enough information to prepare for your first appointment with the oncologist who will create a personalized, cancer treatment plan for you.
Although smoking is the main cause of lung cancer, lung cancer risk is also increased by:
Lung cancer symptoms don’t always show until the cancer has become more advanced. However, that isn’t the case for everyone. Sometimes, a slight cough or shortness of breath, especially if you never smoked, can be an early indication of lung cancer. And if these symptoms don’t clear up for anyone – smoker or nonsmoker – within a week or so, or become more severe as time goes on, it’s a sign that you should see your doctor.
Historically, lung cancer treatment is more successful the earlier it’s diagnosed. Because of that, we recommend you contact your doctor if you are experiencing any of these lung cancer symptoms:
Symptoms often change once lung cancer becomes advanced and spreads to other areas of the body. Some advanced lung cancer symptoms may include: