Facial Symptoms that May Indicate the Presence of Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is a deadly form of cancer that needs to be monitored for any warning signs. Its survival rates depend on how progressive the disease has been.
The outlook for lung cancer is not good compared to other cancers. This is because the disease does not cause symptoms until it has advanced to other body parts.
In Pancoast tumors, for example, the cancer usually develops at the top of the lung. They cause particular symptoms such as severe pain in the arm or shoulder. Pancoast tumors may also cause Horner’s syndrome, a condition that affects the face. Horner’s syndrome makes one eyelid droop or weak. It may also cause a small pupil to appear in the same eye. You may also feel less sweaty on one side of the face.
When the tumor damages or presses on the nerve that joins the neck to one side of the face, it causes the symptoms associated with Horner’s syndrome.
Finger clubbing is a rare symptom where fingers become larger at the ends or appear curved. It happens in patients with non-small cell lung cancer.
The most common symptoms presented in lung cancer patients include;
- Frequent chest infections
- A prolonged cough that worsens with time
- A cough that lingers for two or more weeks
- Pain when coughing or breathing
- Coughing blood
- Unexplained weight loss or lack of appetite
- Lack of energy or persistent tiredness
It is recommended that you consult the doctor when you experience these symptoms. Those at high risk such as smokers, people with a family history of lung cancer, workers exposed to radon gas, and those who have undergone radiotherapy treatment before should always be on high alert and seek medical attention when they recognize any symptoms.
Doctors will conduct blood tests and other examinations to help rule out the possibility of lung cancer. This is because other conditions, such as chest infections can present similar symptoms as those of lung cancer.