Lung Cancer Symptoms
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Chronic cough
- Coughing up bloody phlegm
- Weight loss
- High temperature
- Hoarseness while talking
- Swallowing problems
These symptoms can indicate many different conditions and a diagnosis by a medical professional will be needed to properly determine their cause.
Causes of Lung Cancer
Smoking tobacco is the single most common cause of lung cancer accounting for approximately 90% of all cases. Secondhand smoke is the second most common cause of lung cancer.
Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally from the decomposition of uranium in ground and can accumulate in buildings and cause lung cancer. The risk increases depending on how much radon a person is exposed to but at normal levels approximately 2 non-smoking people in a thousand will contract lung disease caused by radon gas. Smokers are about 10 times more likely to contract lung cancer from radon than non-smokers.
Regular exposure on the job to chemicals such as arsenic, asbestos, silica, copper, nickle, diesel fumes and coal slightly increase the incidence of lung cancer.
THIS MATERIAL DOES NOT CONSTITUTE MEDICAL ADVICE. IT IS INTENDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. PLEASE CONSULT A PHYSICIAN FOR SPECIFIC TREATMENT RECOMMENDATIONS.