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13 Signs Your Lungs May Not Be Healthy

Early detection can go a long way in helping to manage and treat conditions like lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer — the leading cancer killer of men and women in the U.S. Among the more concerning symptoms is coughing up blood. "The most common pulmonary reason for this symptom is bronchitis due to infection. However, the most life-threatening reason for coughing up blood is lung cancer. And this can also be seen in pulmonary embolism," explains Ken Knox, MD, a pulmonary medicine specialist, associate dean of Faculty Affairs and Career Development and interim division chief of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix.

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Founded in 2007, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix inspires and trains exemplary physicians, scientists and leaders to optimize health and health care in Arizona and beyond. By cultivating collaborative research locally and globally, the college accelerates discovery in a number of critical areas — including cancer, stroke, traumatic brain injury and cardiovascular disease. Championed as a student-centric campus, the college has graduated 669 physicians, all of whom received exceptional training from nine clinical partners and more than 2,600 diverse faculty members. As the anchor to the Phoenix Bioscience Core, which is projected to have an economic impact of $3.1 billion by 2025, the college prides itself on engaging with the community, fostering education, inclusion, access and advocacy.