Lung Cancer, Symptoms and Treatment

Lung cancer is a dangerous type of cancer for both men and women. The number of people dying because of lung cancer is more than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. However, lung cancer has occurred in people who have never smoked initially, lung cancer is asymptomatic. Lung cancer can be found with an x-ray.

Symptoms of lung cancer

Chronic cough for more than 1 month
Coughing up blood (Haemoptysis)
Shortness of breath
Chest Pain
Difficulty in swallowing
Progressive weight loss
Loss of appetite
Joint problems
Swelling of the arms and face

Types of Lung Cancer

Small cell (small cell lung cancer)
Non Small Cell (Non small lung caner)

Tests to detect lung cancer

Chest X-Ray
Spiral CT scan of the chest
MRI of the chest bronchoscopy combined with biopsy
Pleural biopsy
CT scan directed needle biopsy
Mediastinoscopy with biopsy

Open lung biopsy

If one has been smoking exposed to second hand smoke (passive smoking), working in industries and has family history of cancer, it is highly recommended for you undergo preventive health checkups. Preventive health checkups are the best way to identify the cancer at an early stage. Cancer, if detached early will lead to better treatment.