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In addition to mesothelioma, asbestos exposure can cause primary lung cancer. Primary lung cancer develops in the lungs. The treatment for primary lung cancer is not the same as mesothelioma treatment, and the prognosis for lung cancer patients is somewhat better than for mesothelioma. Early detection and treatment of lung cancer greatly improves your chance of survival.

Early Symptoms of Lung Cancer

In the earliest stages of lung cancer many patients experience the following symptoms:

  • Coughing which lasts more than two weeks
  • Blood in sputum

Other symptoms can include:

  • Chest pain
  • Back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Hoarseness or changes in the voice
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Fatigue
  • Sensory changes

Talk to Your Doctor Right Away

The majority of asbestos-related lung cancer is small cell carcinoma, which is an aggressive form of lung cancer. It spreads very quickly. Unfortunately, the majority of lung cancer victims ignore their symptoms for about a year before they talk to their doctors. When lung cancer is caught early, the chance of survival is much greater. Even after talking to a doctor about the symptoms, diagnosis may be delayed, further delaying proper treatment and reducing the chance of survival.

Lung cancer is often misdiagnosed because the symptoms are so similar to the symptoms of other illnesses. In the early stages, lung cancer may be dismissed by your doctor as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Misdiagnosis of lung cancer means a delay in treatment which can cost you your life.

Lung cancer also has many of the same symptoms as other asbestos-related illnesses, including mesothelioma and asbestosis. If you experience the symptoms of lung cancer and have a history of asbestos exposure, tell your doctor about your asbestos exposure and insist on thorough testing for asbestos-related illnesses, including lung cancer.

Symptoms of Lung Cancer Which Has Metastasized

It is very common for lung cancer to spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body including the brain, liver, and spine. Symptoms indicating that lung cancer has spread to other parts of the body can include.

  • Headaches
  • Seizures
  • Blurred vision
  • Muscle weakness
  • Behavioral changes
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness and vomiting
  • Problems with walking and balance
  • Impaired memory
  • Jaundice