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Self Check for Tobacco Consumers
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Any past or current tobacco use is important information for your doctor with respect to your healthcare. And if you consume tobacco, it is important that you undergo some preventive healthcare in consultation with your doctor.

This is because it is well known that tobacco use puts you at risk for certain health-related illnesses, so part of your healthcare should focus on related screening and preventive measures to help you stay as healthy as possible. Periodic checkups should include oral cavity (mouth) exams for any changes or problems. This helps tobacco users to prevent or detect early oral changes, leukoplakia (white patches on the mouth membranes), or oral cancer.

Any of these symptoms could be signs of lung cancer, or any other lung condition, and should be reported to your doctor.

While these can be signs of a problem, it is important to remember that many lung cancers do not cause any noticeable symptoms until they are advanced, and by that time they have spread to other parts of the body.

Remember too that tobacco users have an increased risk for other cancers as well, depending on the way they use tobacco. Other risk factors for these cancers may be more important than your use of tobacco, but you should be aware of the additional risks that might apply to your situation because of your tobacco addiction.

If you have any health concerns that may be related to your tobacco use, please see your doctor as quickly as possible. Taking care of yourself and getting the required treatment for small problems will give you the best chance for successful treatment.

The best way, though, to take care of yourself and decrease your risk for life-threatening lung problems is to quit consuming tobacco.

You should also watch out for any of the following symptoms:
  • Any change in the sound of your cough
  • A new kind of cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Hoarseness of voice
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Headaches
  • Chest pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • General fatigue
  • Repeated respiratory infections

  
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