Lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer for both genders. The symptoms and warning signs are different for men and women, which is why you need to learn how to recognize them.
FEMALE LUNG CANCER
Lung cancer in women is known as adenocarcinoma and spreads on the outer layer of the lungs. This makes the symptoms hard to detect, and more often than not, the tumor on the lungs grows big before it is noticed. The main early symptoms are back and shoulder pain, as well as shortness of breath during physical activities.
Here are the other symptoms you should pay attention to:
- Increase mucus and a change in color;
- Coughing blood;
- Persistent cough;
- Coughing up phlegm or blood;
- Harsh sound while breathing.
Adenocarcinoma is not easy to detect and can spread to other parts of the body quickly. It is often noticed too late, and can spread to the bones, liver, lymph nodes and adrenal glands, where it causes symptoms such as loss of muscle mass, headaches, fatigue, appetite loss, sudden weight loss, blood clots, neck and face swelling, joint and bone pain, bone fractures and loss of memory.
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