Lung cancer, by virtue of its presence in the cardiovascular system, has some similar symptoms to those of chest of infections, albeit with some important differences.

The main symptoms of lung cancer include:
• A cough which doesn’t go away after two or three weeks
• A long-standing cough that gets worse
• Chest infections that keep coming back
• Coughing up blood
• An ache or pain when breathing or coughing
• Persistent breathlessness
• Persistent tiredness or lack of energy
• Loss of appetite
• Unexplained weight loss.

The NHS say anyone with these symptoms should immediately consult with their GP and get tested for the condition.

However, while these are the most common symptoms of lung cancer, they aren’t the only signs. Less common symptoms can appear such as:
• Change in the appearance of fingers
• Difficulty swallowing
• Wheezing
• A hoarse voice
• Swelling of the face or neck
• Persistent chest or shoulder pain.

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