Lung Cancer FAQ: Symptoms of lung cancer

Q: What symptoms of lung cancer would be important to have checked out by a physician?

A: The most frequent signs of lung cancer are:
  • a cough that does not go away
  • blood streaks in your sputum
  • chest wall pain
  • shortness of breath
  • hoarseness
These symptoms can also occur with other illnesses besides lung cancer. They should be evaluated right away to determine the cause. Most lung cancers are not discovered until symptoms arise. Unfortunately, by the time symptoms develop the cancer can be advanced.

If you have any of these symptoms you should have them checked by your primary care physician as soon as you can.

Answers provided by Providence lung cancer experts.
Last updated: August 2002