Lung cancer kills almost 150,000 people each year in the United States.
Until it is quite advanced, there are usually no symptoms. By the time the coughing, wheezing, spitting up blood and shortness of breath show up, the cancer has often spread to other organs of the body.
And even in cases where symptoms appear earlier than usual, they are often mistaken or dismissed as symptoms of other problems, like bronchitis, pneumonia or infections caused by smoking.
It sounds strange to put the word “fortunately” in this sentence, but fortunately, there are other more unusual symptoms that can make themselves known early on.
You wouldn’t normally connect these symptoms in other parts of the body with lung cancer. Unless, of course, you know what to look for.