As there are no pain receptors in the lungs, early signs of the condition aren’t likely. However, as soon as symptoms appear, make an appointment with your GP to help prevent it from spreading to other body parts.
The Mayo Clinic highlight symptoms of lung cancer, such as coughing up blood and chest pain.
Other signs include a new cough that doesn’t go away, shortness of breath, hoarseness, unexplained weight loss and bone pain.
“Lung cancer often spreads (metastasises) to other parts of the body, such as the brain,” said the Mayo Clinic.
Medication may be used to ease swelling around the tumour and decrease neurological signs of the disease.
Surgery could be considered, but it does carry risk, such as injection and bleeding.
Radiation therapy uses high-energy beams to kill tumour cells, but side effects are common.
Side effects may include fatigue, nausea, hair loss, dizziness or vertigo.
In addition, one must follow good health advice to eat a diet full of fruits and vegetables, and to exercise most days of the week.
Risk factors for developing lung cancer include exposure to specific toxins.
These are: asbestos, arsenic, chromium, nickel, radon gad and cigarette smoke.
You’re also at higher risk of the disease if there is a family history of lung cancer.