Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women. The American Cancer Society projects that by the end of 2016, around 224,390 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed, and there will be about 158,080 deaths due to lung cancer. Men have a 1 in 14 chance of developing lung cancer, while a woman’s risk is 1 in 17. While smoking greatly increases the risk of developing lung cancer, these statistics include both smokers and non-smokers.
Lung cancer can be extremely serious and even fatal, but knowing the signs and symptoms is vital to catching it early enough to be treated.
1. A Cough That Won’t Subside
Coughing is usually associated with a cold or respiratory infection, these illnesses usually go away within a week or two. A persistent cough that won’t go away may be a sign of lung cancer, especially if the cough continues to get worse.