Lung Cancer Symptoms

Lung cancer symptoms vary from person to person, and sometimes people with lung cancer don’t have any warning signs. If you have symptoms, they may include:

  • A cough that does not go away and gets worse over time
  • Constant chest pain, often made worse by deep breathing, coughing or laughing
  • Arm or shoulder pain
  • Coughing up blood or rust-colored spit
  • Shortness of breath, wheezing or hoarseness
  • Repeated episodes of pneumonia or bronchitis
  • Swelling of the neck and face
  • Loss of appetite and/or weight loss
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Clubbing of fingers

Different stages of lung cancer can bring about different symptoms. If lung cancer spreads to other parts of the body, it may cause advanced lung cancer symptoms such as:

  • Bone pain
  • Arm or leg weakness or numbness
  • Headache, dizziness or seizure
  • Jaundice (yellow coloring) of skin and eyes
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck or shoulder

These symptoms do not always mean you have lung cancer. Learn more about the risk factors (link to risk factors page) that can lead to lung cancer. And if you have concerns about lung cancer due to smoking, symptoms or any early warning signs, it’s important to discuss them with your doctor.