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What Are The First Symptoms Of Lung Cancer
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
I am just curious about what are the first symptoms of lung cancer, how long does it take a smoker to get it and what is the average age of diagnosis?
Often asymptomatic.: This is often asymptomatic with about 5-15% detected from symptoms. Pesistent cough is the usual presenting sign, with hemoptysis, wheeze, dyspnea or difficulty breathing, depending on its site. Hoarseness, and respiratory failure can mean spread beyond the lungs. This occurs most at 55-65 years and since smoking is the most common cause, it likely takes from its start so don't start smoking. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can be many: Typical symptoms of lung cancer can be unintentional weight loss, coughing up blood, chest pain, night sweats, and some fevers and even pneumonia. But, usually, when you get these symptoms, the cancer is quite advanced. That's the problem with lung cancer: usually, it starts so small that you don't have symptoms. Then, when you do have symptoms, it is frequently too late. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lung cancer in my twenties? Smoker since 13, no symptoms but I have heard that the first state of lung cancer dosent show any symptoms.
True: First you are very young to have lung cancer at such a young age. Stage i lung cancer is contained to the lung and has not spread to the drainage system like lymphs nodes. Some of those are taken during surgery to determine how extensive the cancer is. A pet scan may also be used to determine the stage of caner. Talk to your doctor, risk factors are probably the key for early detection. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can symptoms for pneumonia be mistaken as lung cancer for a 54 yr old breast cancer survivor. My mother has had what doctors first said was pneumonia?
Follow closely.: The symptoms of pneumonia are typically acute, while the symptoms of cancer usually evolve over a longer time. However, the findings on chest X-Ray could be similar. The "pneumonia" should be followed by repeat chest X-Ray to make sure it resolves with treatment. If any question exists, CT scanning or bronchoscopy should be considered. ...Read more
Depends: Staging, location, degree of emphysema, co morbidities will determine symptoms on a particular individual. In general, most patients have no symptoms until late. Bloody sputum sometimes occurs. Some tumors may produce hormones. Weight loss may occur with advanced stage. Pneumonia, stridor, bloody pleural effusions, horner's syndrome, chest wall arm pains. Shortness of breath, recurrent pneumonias. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None in early stages: Lung cancer may not produce any noticeable symptoms in the early stages. In approximately 40 percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer, the diagnosis is made after the disease has advanced. In one third of those diagnosed, the cancer has reached stage 3. Cough, weight loss, blood in sputum, hoarseness, and shortness of breath are some symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
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