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Doctor shares the red flag sign in hands and feet that could signal cancer


While the current weather isn’t resembling autumn in any way, we are getting closer to the cold season every day.

With colourful leaves, warming drinks and firework displays, autumn isn’t all gloomy but the falling temperatures could worsen underlying health problems.

According to Dr Deborah Lee, from Dr Fox Online Pharmacy, cold weather could take a toll on cancer patients.

The doctor explained that people with the serious health condition often have increased sensitivity to cold.

Dr Lee said: “In a healthy person, the body’s automatic temperature control mechanisms keep the body temperature between 36.5 to 37 °C. 

“But this relies on efficient mitochondria, tiny organelles inside every cell where energy is produced, creating a robust energy supply.

“In cancer cells, the mechanism of mitochondrial energy production is disrupted.”

This can lead to an uncomfortable symptom, known as cold dysesthesia, that strikes in your hands and feet.

Without proper processes to keep the body at the correct temperature in place, people with cancer can experience cold fingers, toes, hands and feet, when everyone else feels quite comfortable, the doctor added.

This uncomfortable sensation can also appear in existing cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, as the treatment increases susceptibility to cold.

Dr Lee said: “Chemotherapy can cause fatigue, dehydration and anaemia – all of which can make a cancer patient feel the cold.”

While your hands and feet could ring alarm bells, this warning sign can also point to a myriad of benign problems.

Therefore, it’s useful to know the full list of general red flags to spot.

The American Cancer Society recommends looking out for the following cancer signs:

  • Fatigue or extreme tiredness that doesn’t get better with rest
  • Weight loss or gain of 10 pounds or more for no known reason
  • Eating problems (not feeling hungry, trouble swallowing, belly pain, nausea, and vomiting)
  • Swelling or lumps anywhere in the body
  • Thickening or lump in the breast or other part of the body
  • Pain, especially new or with no known reason, that doesn’t go away or gets worse
  • Skin changes such as a lump that bleeds or turns scaly, a new mole or a change in a mole, a sore that does not heal, or a yellowish colour to the skin or eyes (jaundice)
  • Cough or hoarseness that does not go away
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising for no known reason
  • Change in bowel habits (constipation or diarrhoea, that doesn’t go away or a change in how your stools look)
  • Bladder changes (pain when passing urine, blood in the urine or needing to pass urine more or less often)
  • Fever or nights sweats
  • Headaches
  • Vision or hearing problems
  • Mouth changes (sores, bleeding, pain, or numbness).

As these aren’t the only possible cancer symptoms, the health portal recommends talking to your doctor if you notice any major changes in the way your body works or the way you feel, especially if it lasts for a long time or gets worse.



This story originally appeared on Express.co.uk

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