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If you’re a smoker, or ever were, take note

An interesting study published in the British Journal of General Practice claims to have come up with a good new sign to diagnose a potential case of lung cancer.

By analyzing nearly 30,000 records of British adults diagnosed with lung cancer over a period of 17 years, these researchers concluded that shortness of breath and cough were becoming important early signs of lung cancer.

In other words, if you are a smoker, if you were a smoker, or if you were exposed to lots of second hand smoke, then if you develop a persistent cough and shortness of breath, you should be tested for the presence of a potential lung malignancy.

Happily, I think, most people with such symptoms will not have lung cancer, but if they do, this is one cancer for which early diagnosis is really important for the best chance at a good prognosis.