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Breathing Symptoms that May Indicate the Presence of Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is a deadly form of cancer that occurs when cancerous cells multiply uncontrollably to form tumors in the lung. In most cases, lung cancer does not cause symptoms until it has progressed to other body parts. Its symptoms can impact the daily life of a patient. One breathing symptom, in particular, can cause difficulty in performing daily tasks.

The survival rates for lung cancer depends on how far it has progressed. Early diagnosis can help find the best treatment option for patients. Also, identifying the red lights is imperative to ensuring positive outcomes.

One symptom to look out for is experiencing shortness of breath. This is when a patient struggles to breathe, and their lungs try to draw in more oxygen to sustain them. This causes them to struggle and feel tired most of the time. According to research, many cancer patients experience this symptom, more so in those with advanced lung cancer.

However, shortness of breath can also come as a result of chest infection in lung cancer patients. But there are specific things or that can be done actions you can in order to cope with this condition. They include:

  • Breathing out through the mouth. While doing so, you can relax your shoulders.
  • Breathing in gently through the nose.
  • Always use a mobile or cordless phone.
  • Avoid climbing stairs. You can move all the things you need downstairs for convenience.
  • When shopping, use a bag on wheels or a trolley to carry stuff.
  • Always rest in between tasks and avoid moving around much.
  • Plan well and gather everything you need before starting with your household tasks.

Doctors use a spirometer to examine patients with a breathlessness symptom. The patient will be required to breathe into the gadget to measure the amount of air breathed in and out. A blood test will also be conducted to find out the exact cause of the symptoms.

Aside from breathlessness, lung cancer also presents symptoms such as coughing blood, persistent coughs, unexplained weight loss, pain while breathing, and more. To prevent the risks of the disease, it is advisable to stop smoking, high alcohol consumption, and exercise regularly. Make sure you consult the doctor when you experience the symptoms.

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