5 Lung Cancer Symptoms Most People Don't Know About

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Shoulder or upper back pain:

Pain in the shoulder or upper back is an often unnoticed lung cancer symptom. The pain results from a tumor pressing on the lining of the lungs.

Swelling of the face and neck is also a lung cancer symptom:

Tumors can often put pressure on blood vessels, not allowing fluids to travel as efficiently throughout the body. The fluids then build up, causing swelling of the face and neck.

Frequently having pneumonia or other lung infections:

Tumor cells can trap bacteria causing frequent lung infections. Frequently getting pneumonia is also a symptom of lung cancer.

Male breast development:

Gynecomastia is the overdevelopment of the male breast and can be a symptom of lung cancer in men. Breast growth in men is normally due to the increase of estrogen. Lung cancer has been known to produce estrogen.


Do you constantly feel like you have to clear your throat or your throat feels hoarse? This is a very common symptom of lung cancer. Lung cancer tumor cells can block passageways leading to many symptoms, like hoarseness.

More About Lung Cancer:

If you are experiencing the symptoms of lung cancer, please see your doctor. Keep in mind that these symptoms of lung cancer are also the symptoms of many other benign conditions.

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