People with lung cancer often have unnoticeable symptoms at the start of their illness, such as coughing and tiredness. Older people often think that these symptoms are age-related. This means patients often visit their GP too late and that the diagnosis of lung cancer also occurs (too) late.
The most common symptoms of lung cancer are:
- A persistent itchy cough that lasts for longer than 9 weeks
- A little bit of blood in coughed-up mucus
- Inflammation of the airways, which continues to persist even after antibiotics
- Increased mucus forming
- Shortness of breath
- Hoarseness without throat paid
- Chest pain
- Swelling in the face and neck.
These symptoms are often associated with a poor physical condition, including:
- Weight loss without a clear reasons
- Loss of appetite
These symptoms are fairly general and can also be caused by something else. This means they do not necessarily point to lung cancer. Nonetheless, it is best to visit your GP if one or more of these symptoms continues to persist.