Recognize the symptoms of lung cancer from the cough you experience.
REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA — One of the most common symptoms of lung cancer is: cough prolonged. However, coughing can also be a symptom of many other conditions. Then, how to distinguish a “regular” cough with symptoms of lung cancer?
According to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), a cough is a cause for concern if it doesn’t go away after two to three weeks. Get checked immediately if the cough continues to get worse over time or contains blood.
The type of cough can vary, but in some cases a lung cancer cough may be accompanied by a wheezing or crackling sound. Even so, you can’t judge the severity of a cough just based on the sound.
Lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer in the world in 2020. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that lung cancer is the cancer that causes the largest number of deaths in 2020, with the number of deaths reaching 1.8 million cases.
Lung cancer is increasingly deadly because it often does not show significant symptoms when it is still in its early stages. In fact, early detection before the disease becomes aggressive will make treatment more successful.
Therefore, it is very important to pay attention to the condition of the body. In addition to the cough that has been discussed, another symptom of lung cancer is a chest infection that keeps coming back.
Likewise, aches or pains when breathing or coughing, persistent shortness of breath, constant fatigue, and lack of energy. Loss of appetite or weight loss for no apparent reason should also be watched out for.
Meanwhile, the less common symptoms of lung cancer include changes in the appearance of the fingers. For example, the finger becomes more curved or the tip becomes larger. This condition is known as finger clubbing.