What are the Symptoms of Lung Cancer?

Lung cancer can be a very aggressive, but largely quiet disease initially. It typically does not have any early warning signs or symptoms until the cancer advances. Some symptoms, like coughing up blood, are a clear warning sign that something is not normal. But other symptoms, such as feeling tired or a lingering cough, may be dismissed, ignored, or attributed to other conditions such as the flu or a cold.

Symptoms to tell your doctor:

See your doctor for an evaluation and accurate diagnosis if you experience any of the following:

  • Cough that worsens or does not go away
  • Breathing trouble, such as shortness of breath
  • Becoming short of breath quicker
  • Constant chest pain
  • Coughing up blood
  • Hoarse voice
  • Frequent lung infections, such as pneumonia
  • Feeling very tired all the time
  • Weight loss with no known cause

Signs that lung cancer has spread:

  • Pain in your bones such as your back, ribs, spine or shoulder blades
  • New headaches
  • New dizziness or loss of balance
  • Vision changes
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Lumps, such as in the neck region

How to receive a diagnosis