Lung cancer is the leading source of cancer death in the US. Though smoking is a major cause of lung cancer, if you have been exposed to chemicals in and around your environment (such as asbestos, diesel fumes, silica, creosote, or welding fumes) you are also at risk.

It is crucial to find lung cancer in its earliest stage as the cancer is more treatable. The question is: “when should I ask my doctor about lung cancer?” The American Cancer Society highlights key signs and symptoms related to lung cancer. It is best to notify your doctor if you are subject to one or more of the following:

  • A cough that does not go away or gets worse
  • Coughing up blood or rust colored spit/phlegm
  • Chest pain that worsens with deep breathing, coughing, or laughing
  • Hoarseness
  • Weight loss and loss of appetite
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling tired or weak
  • Infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia that keep coming back or do not go away
  • Wheezing

Other symptoms such as bone pain, nervous system changes, yellowing of the skin and eyes, and lumps near the surface of the body and also signs of lung cancer that may have spread. People living with lung cancer can develop syndromes such as Horner syndrome, Superior vena cava syndrome (SVC), and Paraneoplastic syndromes.

At Doran & Murphy railroad workers have been represented under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). If you have suffered from signs or symptoms of lung cancer now is the time to talk to your doctor and contact us to speak with an experienced attorney.