Many of the symptoms of lung cancer are similar to those shown by other, less serious diseases.

If you are at all concerned that you may have lung cancer or any other respiratory disease you should visit your doctor immediately. This will allow you to put your mind at rest - or start treatment as quickly as possible.

There are two main types of lung cancer:

  • Non small cell lung cancer – most lung cancers fall into this category. While there are three types of non small cell lung cancer, they tend to be treated in the same way. The types are:
    • Squamous cell carcinoma
    • Adenocarcinoma
    • Large cell carcinoma
  • Small cell lung cancer – this is less common, and tends to spread faster than non-small-cell lung cancer. It is usually associated with smoking.

The general symptoms of lung cancer include:

  • A persistent cough
  • Breathlessness
  • Pain when you breath  or cough
  • Blood in the phlegm
  • Tiredness
  • Weight loss
  • Lack of appetite
  • Clubbed fingers

As the disease becomes more advanced you may also notice that your voice becomes hoarse or you have difficulty in swallowing. There may be swelling in other parts of your body, such as your face or neck, and you may experience pain or an ache under your ribs, in your chest or in your shoulder.

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