Your Hands Can Predict If You're Going To Get Cancer

Certain symptoms that seem harmless can reveal serious health problems. Present on the hands, they could indicate cancer.  In addition, exp...

Certain symptoms that seem harmless can reveal serious health problems. Present on the hands, they could indicate cancer. In addition, exposure to tobacco smoke is the primary risk factor for the disease. If the symptoms are generally known or at least, widely documented, some much rarer signs may, however, go unnoticed. This is the case of a patient with lung cancer, whose main symptoms appear on her hands. The study that exposes her case has been reported by Fox News, the New York Post and the Dailymail.

Hands Can Predict If You're Going To Get Cancer

At the age of 73, a woman of Brazilian descent went to a dermatology clinic because of painful and itchy sores in her hands. Against all odds, the woman was diagnosed with lung cancer.

An unusual symptom
In a report published by the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), the story of this Brazilian woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, highlighted a little-known symptom that could indicate cancer, and it was mainly seen in the hands. "The physical examination revealed a clear demarcation of the folds in the lines of his hands in addition to a velvety appearance of the palm surfaces and wrinkles in the skin," the report said.

The woman reportedly noticed lesions on her palms 9 months earlier. In addition, she was prone to a cough that persisted for almost a year and had lost the equivalent of 5 kilos in the four months prior to her auscultation. The woman smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years.

Diagnosis falls: lung cancer

Based on the signs presented by the patient, the doctors performed a series of tests to confirm the diagnosis. So she had a CT scan of the lungs, abdomen and pelvis. Unfortunately, the results did reveal lung cancer.

Subsequently, the woman underwent chemotherapy and then radiation therapy to destroy the cancer cells and reduce the damage she had on her hands. The latter are called pachydermatoglyphia and represent a skin disease little known to the general public. Generally, this extremely rare symptom is associated with lung or gastric cancer. Unfortunately, the treatments did not reduce the skin lesions and the woman’s cancer continued to develop after 6 months. She has started a second cycle of chemotherapy, the report said, but did not specify the outcome of this treatment.

Pachydermatoglyphia: what you need to know

According to scientists, pachydermatoglyphia, known in English as "Tripe Palms", can be a warning sign of certain cancers. Although they do not yet understand the exact mechanism, the researchers suggest that the growth of cancer cells could lead to an overproduction of palm epidermal cells.

Pachydermatoglyphia is a skin disease that develops on the palms of the hands, and in some cases, on the soles of the feet. It is characterized by rough, velvety and yellowish skin, often compared to animal guts, hence the English name "Tripe Palms Syndrome". But beyond its aesthetic specificities, it mainly causes painful lesions that could indicate the presence of cancer, as evidenced by the NEJM study. According to a second older study, pachydermatoglyphia indicates cancer in 90% of cases. So, if it represents a very rare symptom, it is nonetheless an important sign to consider.

Common symptoms of lung cancer

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, the symptoms that can signal lung cancer are:
  • Persistent or worsening cough over time
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Chest pain that gets worse when you breathe
  • Blood in the mucus that comes out of the lungs when you cough
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Constant fatigue
  • Persistent infections like bronchitis or pneumonia
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Pressure in the lungs
  • The presence of lymph nodes larger than normal in certain parts of the body (neck or collarbone)
  • A buildup of fluid around the lungs
  • Headache and weakness
  • Bone pain
  • A hoarse voice

Like other types of cancer, early diagnosis maximizes the chances of recovery. Therefore, if certain symptoms appear, it is necessary to speak to a healthcare professional as soon as possible.

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