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Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer-related deaths among both men and women in the United States; the disease is more lethal than breast, ovarian, prostate, and colon cancers put together. 

The American Cancer Society says that in their lifetimes, men have an approximately 1 in 15 chance of developing lung cancer, and women’s chances are about 1 in 17. The disease’s average age of diagnosis is 70.

Early stage lung cancer is typically asymptomatic, with signs presenting only once the disease has reached an advanced stage. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of lung cancer could include:

  • Coughing up blood, even in small amounts
  • Shortness of breath
  • A new, persistent cough
  • Hoarseness of voice
  • Headache
  • Bone pain
  • Unintentional weight loss

If you are having any of the above symptoms, it’s important to talk to a doctor as soon as possible. That way, you can get a proper diagnostic workup.