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April 24, 2006

'Lasting cough, Breathlessness' Could Indicate Lung Cancer

Topics: Medicine

lung_cancer_xray.jpgThe PakTribune reports on some of the symptoms of lung cancer that frequently go unrecognized in the early stages of the disease, and that people should be made more aware of:

Lung cancer typically makes itself known through coughing, breathlessness and weight loss, said Professor Dieter Koehler, president of the German Society for Pneumology and Respiratory Medicine in Werne, North Rhine Westphalia.

Further symptoms are pains in the chest and swollen fingertips, the so-called clubbed finger.

An X-ray, an endoscopic examination of the lungs or an analysis of the mucus the patient coughs up are ways of determining whether the patient has lung cancer ...

People at greatest risk of lung cancer are current and former smokers, as well as people whose relatives have already developed lung cancer or chronic obstructive lung diseases, experts say. The risk of getting a bronchial cancer is two to three times greater among people who have a biological relative who had lung cancer...

As you'd expect, the earlier the disease is detected, the better the survival rate.

Posted by Richard at April 24, 2006 10:17 PM

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