10. Unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite
The beauty standard set out by society, is that you are only attractive if you are thin. This is an absolutely warped view of beauty and has led people into doing questionable things to lose weight. Unintentional weight loss is not healthy. It signifies that something has changed in a person’s body and more often than not, this change is not for the better. Regardless of what we know about health and medicine, most people would take unexpected weight loss as a blessing and carry on with their day. This is a mistake.
A person can shed pounds quickly and wholly unexpectedly for a multitude of reasons. These could be psychological, physiological or even environmental reasons. It does not necessarily signify cancer, but it is a possibility.
By the time lung cancer is diagnosed, a sixth of the patients reported sudden and inexplicable weight loss. This is the nature of most cancers and is generally due to a loss of appetite or a change in the way the body is utilizing energy (tumors leach unnatural amounts of energy and nutrients from the body).
If a person has noticed that they have lost an unnatural amount of weight lately, the first conclusion should not necessarily be lung cancer. Other conditions, diseases or factors first need to be ruled out. Once this is done and if this weight loss is coupled with other signs and symptoms of lung disease, only then can one start considering the possibility of lung cancer. If this is the case, this information should be delivered directly to a doctor. This is the only route available for an accurate and reliable diagnosis.