Lung cancer: those changes on the fingers that never fail

The lung cancer is detectable by fingers. Symptoms of the ailment such as enlargement of the fingers and bulging of the nails can be identified. We are talking about digital hippocratism.

As Cancer Research UK representative Emy Herst explained, this syndrome is manifested by changes in the shape of the fingernails or fingers, as if they were swollen, a transformation also known as “drumstick fingers”.

But that’s not all other changes in the fingers, such as the softening of the nail flat and the shine of the skin, more curved nails than usual when viewed from the side, should also alert.

Observing your fingers is therefore a key to detecting symptoms caused by the accumulation of fluid in the soft tissues located at the fingertips in time, Herst explained. “This is because more blood is circulating in this area than usual. But we don’t fully understand why this is happening, ”she added.

There are other indicators of lung cancer that vary from person to person. These include constant coughing, wheezing, hoarse voice, swelling of the face and neck, as well as persistent chest or shoulder pain, Sputnik reports.


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