November is Lung Cancer Awareness month. For many people, they think they’re in the clear because they’ve never smoked. That’s not true, according to medical professionals. As much as 15% of people diagnosed with lung cancer are nonsmokers, according to faculty of the oncology department at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Whether you smoke regularly or have never picked up a cigarette, there are some symptoms you should not ignore. They include:
– A cough that won’t go away
– Repeat infections including bronchitis or chronic pneumonia
– Losing weight without trying
– Swelling in the neck or face
– Increased thirst and need to urinate
If you experience any or all of these, contact your doctor and consider getting a chest X-ray or CT scan.