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7 Warning early Signs & symptoms of Asbestos lung cancer You Shouldn’t Ignore

Many people see a lung cancer diagnosis as a death sentence. That’s understandable, since lung cancer kills more than 1.3 million people a year. But when caught early enough, lung cancer can be treatable and, often, curable. According to the National Cancer Institute, the five-year survival rate for lung cancer that hasn’t metastasized, or spread, is slightly more than 50 percent, as compared to nearly 4 percent for lung cancer that’s already spread to other organ systems. So pay close attention to these early — and sometimes surprising — signs of lung cancer, and be assertive about bringing anything suspicious to your doctor’s attention.
Depression or other mood changes
Researchers have recently noted a surprising connection between first-time diagnosis of depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric symptoms and Asbestos lung cancer. In a surprising number of cases, cancer patients — particularly those with Asbestos lung cancer — discover they have a tumor after being referred for psychiatric care. One study that followed more than four million people for ten years, for example, found that when people ages 50 to 64 were referred to a psychiatrist for the first time in their lives, the overall incidence of cancer increased almost fourfold.
How it feels: Psychiatric symptoms can take many forms, from the fatigue, lethargy, and low spirits characteristic of depression to racing, panicky thoughts. Irritability, unexplained outbursts of anger, and other personality changes also can indicate psychiatric issues. As one lung cancer patient recalls, “Everything just seemed to get to me.”
What causes it: The connection between anxiety, depression, and Asbestos lung cancer isn’t clear, except that people may be feeling generally subpar without knowing why.
What to do: If you notice personality and mood changes that are out of character, either for yourself or someone else, talk about them and search for a cause. If they seem to come out of the blue, bring them to a doctor’s attention and ask if there might be a physical explanation.
Frequent illness
Getting sick over and over again with colds, flu, bronchitis, or even pneumonia may make you wonder if your immune system is to blame. But another possible culprit for repeated illness is lung cancer. That’s especially true for women who smoke.
How it feels: The symptoms are the same as they are for unrelated colds, flus, and infections. The difference is in how persistent the symptoms are: either lasting a long time or going away only to recur.
What causes it: As the cancer settles into the tissues of the lung and the bronchial tubes, it causes symptoms similar to a cold or flu. Asbestos Lung cancer also makes the lungs more susceptible to illness and infection. With the body’s immune system busy fighting the cancer, it’s less able to defend itself against germs, resulting in more serious infections, such as bronchitis and pneumonia.
What to do: Keep close track if it seems as if you’re getting sick more than usual, and bring the situation to your doctor’s attention.

What Appetite Loss and Abnormal Breast Growth in Men May Mean

Loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss
If the pounds are peeling off and you haven’t made lifestyle changes that would account for weight loss, or if foods you used to like begin to seem unappealing, it’s important to look for an explanation.
How it feels: Some people lose interest in food and forget to eat; others find that when they sit down to eat, they feel full quickly or begin to feel nauseated when they eat too much or too fast. Still others may notice that their clothes are loose even though they hadn’t been aware of eating less.
What causes it: Asbestos Lung cancer can cause loss of appetite and weight loss for a number of reasons. As it becomes more of an effort to breathe (even when you’re unaware that this is so), your appetite can be affected. Abdominal pain can contribute to nausea. Acute loss of appetite can occur when cancer has spread to the liver.
What to do: Keep watch on this symptom to make sure it’s not caused by gastrointestinal illness, food poisoning, or some other cause such as bloating and PMS in women. If lack of appetite persists, or the needle on the scale is moving with no effort on your part, see your doctor.
Abnormal breast growth in men
Breast enlargement in men, known as gynecomastia, is an embarrassing topic, particularly with TV and movie jokes about “man boobs.” But it can also be an important clue to an underlying health issue.
How it feels: Breast enlargement can be subtle or dramatic and can occur in one breast or both. The enlargement may also occur primarily around and under the nipple rather than in the surrounding breast tissue, causing a dome-like appearance.
What causes it: As tumors metabolize, they often release hormones, proteins, and other substances into the bloodstream, triggering what are known as “paraneoplastic syndromes.” The resulting hormonal abnormality can lead to breast growth.
What to do: Breast enlargement is definitely something to discuss with your doctor. There’s a chance it’s associated with weight gain, but there are other possible explanations too that should be explored.

What Fatigue and Pain in Fingers May Mean

Fatigue
Another early sign of certain types of lung cancer is debilitating fatigue that’s not associated with any clear cause. (In other words, you didn’t just run a marathon.)
How it feels: Similar to the exhaustion you experience when you have a fever, cold, or the flu: You can’t make yourself get off the couch. Cancer fatigue is tellingly persistent — it doesn’t work to “snap out of it” or rev yourself up with a cup of coffee.
What causes it: Substances released into your bloodstream by Asbestos lung cancer tumors can affect oxygen levels, the health of red blood cells, adrenal gland function, and other aspects of energy production. Metastatic cancer may spread to the adrenal glands, which directly control the release of energy and the stimulus of cortisol, the fight-or-flight hormone that motivates you to act.
What to do: Because fatigue can be caused by insomnia, overwork, overexertion, and lots of other things, explore — and deal with — other possible causes before you call the doctor. (This will also prevent your concern from being dismissed.) Describe clearly what you can and can’t do and how your condition differs from run-of-the-mill tiredness.
Thickened, painful fingertips
Clubbing or thickening of the fingertips can occur for several reasons, but the most common is lung cancer. Many people mistakenly attribute this symptom to arthritis.
How it feels: Fingertips may appear wider or raised under the nail or may feel swollen, reddened, or warm. You also might notice clumsiness and difficulty picking things up; it might feel like you’re losing fine motor skills in your hands.
What causes it: Lung tumors can release cytokines and other chemicals into the bloodstream that spur bone and tissue growth at the fingertips and under the fingernails. Lack of oxygen in the blood can also restrict circulation to the fingertips.
What to do: Any unusual symptom such as thickening, swelling, or clubbing of the fingers or lack of fine motor coordination is important to bring to a doctor’s attention.

What Shortness of Breath and a Persistent Cough May Mean

Shortness of breath
About 15 percent of lung cancer cases are in nonsmokers, often as a result of exposure to air pollution, secondhand smoke, or toxins such as asbestos and radon. So although shortness of breath is one of the classic symptoms of lung cancer, it tends to go unnoticed among many people until it’s quite pronounced, because it’s so easy to attribute to other causes.
How it feels: Like you’re developing asthma or have gotten out of shape. It may feel as though it’s harder to draw a deep breath, especially when exerting yourself, or you may notice a wheezy feeling in your chest.
What causes it: Lung cancer can develop in the Asbestos lung sacs themselves or in the bronchial tubes leading to the lungs. Tumor growth interferes with the ability of the lungs to fully inhale and exhale air.
What to do: Ask the doctor to perform breathing tests for asthma and COPD to see if there’s another potential cause. If not, ask for a chest X-ray.
Persistent cough or hoarseness
People diagnosed with lung cancer often look back and realize they’ve been plagued by voice changes or a recurrent cough for months or even years, but they blamed it on allergies or illness. Smokers may blame this symptom on “smoker’s cough.”
How it feels: One tip-off is having to clear your throat frequently; another is increased saliva production. Your voice might sound throaty or hoarse, or people might ask if you have laryngitis. The cough can be dry, like the kind that comes with allergies, or wet, such as with flu or a cold. Phlegm might be tinted orange, brown, or red with blood, or you might even spot blood in your saliva.
What causes it: When there’s a blockage in bronchial tubes or lungs from a developing tumor, mucus can build up behind it. A lung tumor can also press upward and outward on the vocal cords and larynx. Tumors often have a rich blood supply, which can leak into the airway, tinting saliva and cough secretions.
What to do: Tell your doctor if you develop a chronic cough or hoarseness that doesn’t go away after a few days. And if you cough or spit up blood, report this to your doctor immediately.

What Muscle Weakness and Pain in the Torso May Mean

Muscle weakness
If you feel like even carrying groceries or pushing the lawnmower is too much effort, you’ll likely decide you’re just tired or under the weather. But persistent muscle weakness can be one of the very earliest signs of certain types of lung cancer.
How it feels: Like everything is harder to do. Climbing stairs and household tasks may feel doubly hard or even impossible, and when you exercise you may feel like you can only manage a fraction of your usual routine.
What causes it: A specific type of muscle weakness, known as Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome, occurs when lung tumors release autoantibodies that attack the muscles. Cancer cells can release chemicals that disrupt the normal activity of red blood cells, causing anemia, or lowering sodium levels and raising calcium levels in the blood. When lung cancer spreads to the brain, it can cause weakness on one side of the body.
What to do: Describe the weakness as specifically as you can, giving examples of activities that you can no longer perform easily. If you’re older and the weakness could be a result of advancing age, make a clear distinction between what you’re feeling now and how you’ve felt in the recent past.
Chest, shoulder, back, or abdominal pain
Thanks to the movies and public education campaigns about heart disease, it’s almost a given to associate chest pain with a heart attack. However, it’s important to consider lung cancer as a cause, particularly in people who don’t have risk factors for heart disease.
How it feels: The chest or back pain triggered by tumor growth tends to take the form of a dull ache that persists over time. The ache may be in the chest or lung area, but it may also feel as if it’s in the upper back, shoulder, or neck — and it’s easily confused with muscle pain. In some cases the pain is felt in the abdomen, making it easy to confuse with a digestive ailment.
What causes it: Lung cancer can cause pain through direct pressure from the tumor, or indirectly when the tumor irritates nerves traveling through the area. In some cases, chest, neck, and shoulder pain is “referred” when the brain incorrectly interprets signals from the tumor pushing on the phrenic nerve in the lungs. Small cell lung cancer can cause chest pain because it typically starts in the center of the chest in the bronchial tubes leading to the lungs and spreads rapidly, pushing on blood vessels and other organs. A specific type of tumor, known as a Pancoast tumor, forms at the top of the lungs and puts pressure on nerves, causing pain in the shoulder, in the armpit, or radiating down the arm.
What to do: Always call the doctor right away if you experience persistent unexplained chest, shoulder, back, or abdominal pain. Chest pain is a symptom in about one-fourth of people with lung cancer, yet it’s most often attributed to other causes, such as heart disease.

Risk factors
Smoking – There is a strong link between lung cancer and cigarette smoking, and about 90% of lung cancer cases are a result of tobacco use. The risk of lung cancer increases the more cigarettes you smoke and the longer time you smoke. It is believed that among smokers of two or more packs of cigarettes per day, one in seven will die of lung cancer.
Passive smoking – You don’t have to be a smoker yourself to put your health at risk. Tobacco smoke contains many chemicals that have been shown to be carcinogenic. The risk increases the more you are exposed to cigarettes smoked by the other people.
Air pollution – It is believed that prolonged exposure to highly polluted air can increase the risk of developing lung cancer similar to that of passive smoking.
Asbestos fibers and other chemicals – asbestos use is limited or banned in many countries, but was widely used in the past. This includes also exposure to certain chemicals and substances that are used in several occupations and industries such as arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, coal, silica and nickel.
Radon gas – This is a natural radioactive gas that is a product of uranium. It is invisible and odorless and can come up through soil and enter the house.
Heredity – Individual genetic susceptibility may play a role in getting lung cancer. Also people with a family member with lung cancer have an increased risk of the disease.
Lung diseases – Certain lung diseases are associated with an increased risk for developing lung cancer, such as COPD and scarring of the lung.
Over 65 years of age – Almost 70% of people diagnosed with lung cancer are over 65 years of age, whereas less than 3% of lung cancers occur in people under 45 years of age.
Signs and symptoms of lung cancer
Warning signs of lung cancer are not always present or easy to identify. In many cases lung cancer may not show any noticeable symptoms in the early stages. But if you suspect that some of the risk factors apply to you, then early screening may help people at high risk for the disease.
A person with lung cancer may have the following symptoms:
1. Persistent cough or changes in cough
If you have a cold, your cough should go away after a week or two, but if it persists over a long time, you should see your doctor. If you are a smoker or suffers from chronic cough, notice if there are any changes in your chronic cough, for example: coughing more frequently, deeper cough with a deeper or hoarse sound, coughing up blood or having more mucus than usual.
2. Shortness of breath
If you are short of breath while doing a task that you could have done easily in the past, it may be a symptom of Asbestos lung cancer. This symptom can occur if lung tumor blocks or narrows an airway, or if fluid from it builds up in the chest.
3. Chest and bone pain
One of the symptoms may be pain in the chest, shoulder, or back area. Asbestos Lung cancer that has spread to the bones may cause pain at the sites of the affected bone. If it has spread to the brain it may cause a number of neurological symptoms and headaches. So listen to your body and if the pain persists and doesn’t go away, go to see your doctor.
4. Wheezing
While a whistling sound when you breathe can result from asthma or allergies, it can also be associated with Asbestos lung cancer. If wheezing persists, visit your doctor to find the cause of it.
5. Voice changes
Your voice becomes hoarser and deeper or you notice any other significant changes in your voice. While hoarseness can result from a simple cold, if it persists then go to see your doctor.
6. Persistent chest infections 
Infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia that don’t go away or keep coming back.
7. Weight loss, loss of appetite, fatigue and weakness
These are non-specific symptoms that can be seen with many other cancer types or other diseases, but if the changes are unexplained and persist, then go to your doctor to find the cause of it.
How to reduce the risk for developing Asbestos lung cancer
Stop smoking if you haven’t done it yet.  You can read my previous article about 5 natural ways to quit smoking that have been scientifically proven. If you are a passive smoker, eliminate your exposure to tobacco smoke.
Test your home for radon – If you suspect you have radon gas in your home, buy a home radon test kit that can identify increased radon levels in the home.
Avoid carcinogens at work – Take precautions to protect yourself from exposure to toxic chemicals at work.
Other lifestyle changes – There is strong evidence to suggest that regular exercise can lower the risk of developing Asbestos lung cancer and other types of cancer. Also eat a high fiber diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. There is also evidence that this vegetable can reduce the risk of lung cancer. You can also read my article about the top 14 foods that protect against cancer development.
Early scanning – Chest X-rays are not effective in detecting early-stage lung cancer. However, low-dose CT scans have been shown to reduce Asbestos lung cancer mortality by 20%.
Another cancer which is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States is bowel (colorectal) cancer. Read my article about the warning signs and symptoms of this cancer:
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