Lung Cancer

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Lung Cancer Symptoms

The symptoms of lung cancer can take years to develop. They are often mistaken for less serious problems thought to be related to tobacco use alone. Of course, it is important to remember that lung cancer can develop even in people who haven’t smoked.

Screening for Smokers and Ex-Smokers

Low-dose CT Scanning for Smokers and Ex-Smokers If you suspect that you might have or may develop lung cancer, learn more about SCCA's Low-Dose CT Screening Program for smokers and ex-smokers. Learn more about the program.
Symptoms may include any of the following:
  • New cough or persistent cough that lasts for more than two weeks
  • Chest infection that doesn’t get better
  • Trouble breathing—for example, shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Coughing up blood
  • Chest discomfort
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Neck and facial swelling
  • Aching bones or joints
  • Persistent back pain
Conditions other than cancer may cause these symptoms. If you have any symptoms that concern you or if you are at high risk for developing lung cancer, talk to your doctor.