Symptoms of lung cancer in men usually do not appear until the disease has progressed past its initial stages. Usually, there are no symptoms of lung cancer when a man is diagnosed with the disease. As the cancer worsens, symptoms such as cough that will not go away or chest pain can occur.
People cough when they are getting over the cold or flu. If a man has a history of smoking or the cough lasts for several weeks, it could be a symptom of lung cancer. Men who already suffer from a chronic cough, due to years of smoking, should be alert to any changes in the cough, such as it gets worse or more persistent. Coughing up blood is another common lung cancer symptom in men. If you cough up blood, see your doctor immediately. It may not be lung cancer, but it is definitely serious.
Other symptoms of lung cancer in men include chest pain, wheezing and shortness of breath. As the tumor grows, it can block the lung, making it difficult to take air in. Wheezing or a hoarse voice can also result from blockage in the lung. Nearly 25 percent of people with lung cancer experience a constant dull pain in their chests. Another common symptom is a respiratory infection, such as bronchitis or pneumonia.
As lung cancer spreads through the body, symptoms can appear elsewhere. Some men may get a skin rash, depending on how large the tumor is and where it is located. If the lung cancer spreads to the bones, a man will experience bone pain, particularly in the ribs and vertebrae. Lung cancer that has spread to the brain can cause symptoms such as seizures and difficulty with vision.
Lung cancer can cause other symptoms not directly related to the disease. Some men may feel fatigued, experience a drop in weight or sodium levels or a headache. They may also experience excess bone growth and clubbed fingers.