SYMPTOMS

OF LUNG CANCER*

In a face–off against lung cancer, early detection is key. But in the early stages of the disease, people with lung cancer may not have any symptoms at all – or they may not realize their symptoms are caused by lung cancer. Symptoms can change over time, as the condition changes. Knowing the symptoms of lung cancer could make the difference for you or someone you love.

 

If you or someone you love are experiencing any of the following symptoms of lung cancer, see your doctor right away.

Lungs

Lungs

  • Cough that doesn’t go away, or gets worse
  • Shortness of breath and/or wheezing
  • Coughing up blood
Chest

Chest

  • Constant chest pain that gets worse when you breathe deeply
Head

Head

  • Tiredness
  • Headache
Abdomen

Abdomen

  • Weight loss you can’t explain
  • Loss of appetite
Bones

Bones

  • Bone pain
Throat

Throat

  • Changes in your voice, hoarseness
  • Trouble swallowing
Blood

Blood

  • Blood clots

When it comes to lung cancer, it’s important to know your opponent

The earlier lung cancer is diagnosed, the better your chances are in a face–off against it. If you are experiencing any symptoms of lung cancer, especially if you are at risk, don’t wait to TAKE ACTION! Get possession of the puck and put the odds in your favour. Talk to your doctor right away about any changes to your health or the health of someone you love.

In a recent survey, only 48% of Canadians said they would make an appointment with their doctor within 3 weeks of experiencing any physical symptoms.

If you feel that something is wrong, be persistent. The symptoms of lung cancer can resemble those of other conditions, like bronchitis, allergies or a cold. Be the MVP of your own health; you know your body best. Talk to your doctor or seek a second opinion – it just might make a difference!

If you think you’re at risk or have symptoms of lung cancer, talk to your doctor right away.

If you think you’re at risk or have symptoms of lung cancer, talk to your doctor right away.

Download the Early Detection Discussion Guide

MVP=most valuable player.

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Please note that this list is not exhaustive and there are other symptoms of lung cancer. If you have any questions about lung cancer symptoms, be sure to ask your doctor.

Results from a Merck survey of 1,000 Canadians aged 18 and older between July 15–23, 2021, to assess Canadians’ behaviour around personal health and their knowledge of lung cancer symptoms and statistics.