In its early stages, lung cancer usually does not cause symptoms. When symptoms occur, the cancer is often advanced. Symptoms of lung cancer include the following:
- Chronic cough
- Coughing up blood
- Weight loss and loss of appetite
- Shortness of breath
- Fever without a known reason
- Repeated bouts of bronchitis or pneumonia
- Chest pain
These conditions are also symptomatic of many other lung problems, so a person who has any of these symptoms should see a doctor to find out the cause.
Two tests have commonly been used to screen for lung cancer: chest X-ray and sputum cytology. However, it has not yet been shown that screening for lung cancer with either of these tests decreases the chance of dying from lung cancer.
Click here to learn more about another test, low-dose CT lung cancer screening, that was studied in clinical trials and that Moffitt is now offering.