Lung cancer symptoms: Three unusual symptoms you might miss

Lung cancer is one of the most difficult forms of cancer to spot, but also one of the most common.

It often goes unnoticed until it has spread to other parts of the body, in part because its symptoms are mistaken for other illnesses.

It’s a good idea to be educated about the symptoms of lung cancer and to tell your doctor if you experience them.

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Around 45,000 people are diagnosed with the disease each year in the UK. Here are three symptoms to look out for that might easily be missed.


Swelling of the face and neck can be a symptom of lung cancer, according to the NHS.

This is a less common symptom of the cancer and could have a different cause, but sufferers should consult their GP regardless, the health service recommends.

Finger clubbing

Another less common symptom, finger clubbing is when your fingers change appearance.

For instance, they might become more curved at the ends or become larger.

Again, you should tell your doctor if this happens.


Dysphagia is difficulty or pain swallowing.

Other uncommon symptoms of lung cancer include wheezing, a hoarse voice and persistent chest or shoulder pain, the NHS say.

The most common symptoms are a cough that doesn’t go away after two or three weeks, a long-standing cough that doesn’t go away and recurrent chest infections.

Coughing up blood, an ache or pain when coughing or breathing, persistent breathlessness, persistent tiredness or lack of energy and a loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss are all also common symptoms.

You should tell your doctor as soon as possible if you experience symptoms. In an emergency, always call 999.

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