The most common type of serious cancer is lung cancer. It affects both men and women. But the symptoms and the types of lung cancer can be different in men and women. Because of this you need to know the symptoms for your sex.
Lung cancer in women
This cancer develops on the outer part of the lungs in women and is called adenocarcinoma. The bad thing about this type of cancer is that the symptoms are not that obvious as in the other types. Sometimes the tumor can spread and get larger way before being diagnosed.
Here are some of the earliest symptoms of lung cancer in women:
- Shoulder and back pain
- Persistent cough
- Blood in the cough
- Coughing up phlegm or mucus with blood
- Harsh sound while breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of muscle mass
- Appetite loss and unexplained weight loss
- Blood clots
- Neck or face swelling
- Shortness of breath while exercising
Once the cancer grows the following symptoms appear:
- Increased mucus and change in color
- Chest, shoulder and back pain
- Memory issues
- Bone fractures that are not caused by accidental injury
- Joint or bone pain
Lung cancer in men
Squamous cell carcinoma is the subtype of non-small cell lung cancer develops in the tissue that lines the air passages in the lungs. These cells are located in the central part of the lungs, actually in the larger bronchi that joins the trachea to the lung.
Here are some of the symptoms:
- Repeated lung infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia
- Chronic cough
It has been proved that the symptoms of lung cancer in men obstruct the airways more than those in women. But, according to these studies, men usually neglect the symptoms because of their smoking habits.
We gave you the symptoms because it is important to maintain your health. And this doesn’t mean that you should not pay attention to the signs your body gives you. Immediately seek for help if you experience some of these symptoms. And of course go to regular checkups from time to time.
And it is really recommended to reduce the risks of lung cancer as much as possible.