With lung cancer, it often goes unnoticed until a later stage. This is due to the fact symptoms often only shown when they have spread to other organs, which complicates matters hugely. Lung cancer is often the result of poor lifestyle habits like smoking or the exposure to harmful matter like asbestos. At Accident Advice Helpline, we seek to help people live as healthily and safely as possible and a part of that is making sure you identify when you have cancer immediately as the longer it takes to be diagnosed, the longer it will take until you are treated.
What are the most common symptoms of lung cancer?
If you have more than one of these common symptoms of lung cancer, we advise you go and visit a doctor to get tested straight away.
- When a cough is persistent or gets worse. Many people believe they are just really sick or have a serious case of flu when they are in actuality exhibiting initial symptoms of lung cancer.
- Cough up blood in your phlegm. The presence of blood in one’s phlegm is a tell-tale sign of having lung cancer as the lung fights the presence of the damaging cells as it slowly dies.
- Chest pain that is worse with deep breathing. This happens because the lungs are slowly dying and shallow breaths are easier to accomplish than the deep breaths one would take when running or after laughing.
- Loss of appetite and subsequent loss of weight.
- Your body’s immune system begins to shut down. Infections like pneumonia and bronchitis come and go as your body tries and fails to rid itself of illness.
When lung cancer spreads to other organs:
- Bone pain.
- Nervous system changes after spread to brain or spinal cord
- Yellowing of the eyes and skin from cancer of the liver
Were you misdiagnosed by your doctor?
If your doctor failed to diagnose you with lung cancer, the chances are it worsened your chances of getting treatment and you are likely qualified to claim for compensation. Failure to correctly diagnose a patient is medical negligence and is horrible both for the patient and the doctor. We at Accident Advice Helpline do not condone any kind of carelessness when it results in the harm of others. Call our helpline which is active 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 and from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 if you have been affected by negligent medical staff. You can also take a 30-second test to find out if you’re eligible to claim personal injury compensation for your misdiagnosis.
Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice