Lung cancer: Symptoms, treatment, and early diagnosis
According to scientists from the UK, cancer can be diagnosed by the condition of the fingers and nails.
Lung cancer can be identified by hand, found out by British experts. So, in 30% of cases, patients with oncology have a curvature of the fingers. By the way, a similar symptom occurs in people who suffer from heart disease.
In the advanced stages of lung cancer, your fingertips may become larger.
Also, the state of the nails will tell about the development of the disease. As a rule, they become soft, change shape and begin to shine.
You should immediately consult a specialist if changes in the condition of the fingers and nails are accompanied by coughing, losing weight, blood in the sputum, chest pain and fatigue.
Lung cancer is the most common type of cancer
Lung cancer is the most common type of cancer in developed countries and the leading cause of cancer death worldwide. The cause of this disease in 85% of cases is smoking. In most patients, the disease is so asymptomatic that even with metastasis, the patient continues to feel relatively normal.
And yet, lung cancer has its own symptoms. These include: a prolonged, ongoing cough, which at first can be mistaken for symptoms of bronchitis or influenza and which does not respond to therapy with appropriate antitussive drugs; a feeling of discomfort and pain in the chest area; shortness of breath and pain in the shoulder girdle, back, arm; sharp weight loss, not associated with diets and heavy physical activity; sometimes hemoptysis. The final diagnosis can be established by the results of an X-ray or computed tomography of the chest, and it is confirmed, in case of suspected lung cancer, through a biopsy. The long-term development and non-specific nature of the symptoms of lung cancer leads to the fact that 70% of patients learn about their disappointing diagnosis in the later stages, when the probability of achieving positive treatment results is only 12-14%.
At the same time, experienced oncologists argue that lung cancer can be detected earlier in another way - just by looking at a person’s hands.