Oncologists have noted that symptoms of lung cancer may be ignored by people because they are not associated with that body. For example, unusual symptoms of the disease may be yellowing of eye whites that arise when swallowing discomfort, changing the shape of fingers.
Lung cancer is one of the most insidious types of cancer: respiratory organ contains few nerve endings, and is often characteristic signs of the disease occur when the disease has already progressed. The most common markers of this type of cancer are prolonged cough (especially one in which stands out the blood), pain in the chest, back or shoulders, aggravated by coughing, laughing or deep breathing, shortness of breath, hoarseness, weight loss and unexplained fatigue.
But also a dangerous disease can “declare” an unusual manifestation, indicated by the oncologists from the UK.
“You can be at risk of a tumor if the whites of your eyes suddenly turn yellow. Always pay attention to the warning sign,” warned experts of the British lung Foundation.
Yellowing of the whites of the eyes is caused by excessive accumulation of the substance bilirubin. Normally, such an outward sign associated with liver disease, but in addition to her obesity or hepatitis like jaundice can cause other diseases – for example gallstones, pancreatitis. Lung cancer also included in their list: jaundice in his case a sign that the tumor had spread to other parts of the body – in particular, caused a blockage of the bile ducts.
“If the cancer has spread beyond the lungs, the first symptom may be changes and sensations that are not related to the breast,” said the oncologist.
In addition to possible yellowing of the whites of the eyes and skin, they called other unusual signs of this disease:
- difficulty or pain occurs when swallowing food, liquids,
- increase the tips of fingers (kind of sticks), the change in their nail, acquiring a shape of a convex watch glass,
- swelling appearing in the neck or face
- bone pain, susceptibility to fractures,
- episodes of confusion.