With the change from summer to fall and winter comes cold symptoms such as runny noses, sore throats, and coughing. Symptoms like these are a part of being sick; however, prolonged and intense coughing can be an indicator of something more serious than the common cold.\nNovember is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, a time to know the facts about this disease and what to look for.\nThere are two types of lung cancer:\n\nNon-small cell: This is the most common type of lung cancer, and accounts for about 90 percent of lung cancers.\n\nWe now know that there are many types of non-small cell lung cancer which can be grouped based on distinct genetic abnormalities. These lung cancers are important to find as it makes patients candidates for targeted or personalized therapies.\n\n\nSmall Cell: About 10 to 15 percent of lung cancers is small cell. This type is more difficult to treat, as it grows and spreads more quickly.\n\nUnfortunately, symptoms of lung cancer usually don’t appear until the disease is advanced, so it is important to talk to your doctor about anything you find unusual or think is more than just a cold.\nLung Cancer Symptoms\nSymptoms you should be aware of include:\n\nPain in the chest, back, or shoulder\nShortness of breath\nRecurrent pneumonia\nColor change in mucus\nA cough that will not go away\nCoughing up blood or phlegm\n\nHowever, not all lung cancer symptoms happen in the chest. The following are also symptoms of lung cancer:\n\nNeck of facial swelling\nFatigue\nBody and muscle aches and weakness\nUnexplained weight loss or loss of appetite\n\nSo whether you’re prepping for Thanksgiving dinner, or cutting coupons for Black Friday shopping, be aware of typical cold symptoms that get worse or persist, because they may be an indicator of something more serious. To learn more about lung cancer, contact your doctor or visit UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.\nDon’t forget to wear your white to support Lung Cancer Awareness Month!