Lung cancer occurs when a mutation in the DNA causes cells to reproduce at an uncontrollable rate. When a cancerous tumour forms, a nasty cough may surface. But is your cough really indicating lung cancer, or is it a cold, or could it be a symptom of coronavirus?
Coughing up phlegm with specks of blood is a concerning scenario.
This is one tell-tale symptom most commonly attributed to lung cancer.
Medically known as haemoptysis, your GP surgery needs to be alerted to this symptom straight away.
A common cold doesn’t usually result in coughing up blood.
Amesh Adalja, MD, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security points out that the common cold is a form of coronavirus.
Coronaviruses – given their name due to their resemblance to a crown under a microscope – are, in fact, extremely common causes of colds and other upper respiratory infections.
The new coronavirus (COVID-19), however, is a new strain that is currently spreading like wildfire across the world.
One of the symptoms of COVID-19 is a dry cough – which is very similar to the common cold.
A laboratory test is the only definitive way to confirm a case of COVID-19.
The cough from a common cold and coronavirus are both likely to be dry coughs, and are basically impossible to tell apart.
William Schaffner, MD, an infectious disease specialist and professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine said: “Both the flu and coronavirus produces a [usually] dry cough.