Missing fingerprints can have various causes: the 'hand-foot syndrome' + genetic disorders.

Missing fingerprints can have various causes: the hand-foot syndrome + genetic disorders.

No fingerprints: about the ‘hand-foot syndrome’ and genetic disorders’

What if a person has no fingerprints? Likely there are 2 options: (1) the person was born without fingerprints (due to a genetic disorders), or (2) the person has ‘lost’ his/her fingerprints during a chemotherapy (in a cancer treatment) – a missing fingerprint is often featured with the ‘hand-foot syndrome’.

By the way, having no fingerprints used to be no big deal. But the situation is changing rapidly due to the evolving applications of biometric fingerprint readers. In many countries fingerprints are required to: pass the nation’s border, and to get a drivers licence and/or passport!


“Last month (april, 2009) a Singapore-based medical oncologist reported a letter that was presented online in the journal ‘Annals of Oncology’, titled: Travel warning with capecitabine. The trade name fot the cancer medicine capecitabine is ‘Xeloda’ – a medicine that is often prescribed in patients with breast cancer and colorectal cancer. But the oncologist’s patient had been using the drug to treat his nasopharyngeal cancer.

Two years ago, Spanish cancer doctors reported a likewise story about the 39-year-old flight attendant Cheryl Maynard detained for several hours at a U.S. airport until her doctor faxed an explanation that the capecitabine she’d been taking for breast cancer had erased her fingerprints.”

Why a cancer patient may have no fingerprints: THE HAND-FOOT SYNDROME!


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Palmar fascia lies under the skin.

Palmar fascia lies under the skin.

Lumpy areas on the palm can signal cancer.

Lumpy areas on the palm can signal cancer.

Palm reading: a diagnostic tool for cancer

Medical experts say that spotting ovarian cancer – widely known as the “silent killer” – is extremely difficult because the symptoms are usually vague and often go unnoticed. However, only recently the medical experts at the Royal Free Hospital in London diagnosed a case of ovarian cancer in a 74-year-old woman, after she presented her palms featured with thickened skin.

Four months before she had noticed lumpy areas on her palms which then progressed to general thickening – but she was otherwise healthy and had no other symptoms.

In the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, the expert team said they suspected the condition known as palmar fasciitis, which could be linked to cancer. And indeed they found an ovarian mass, a phenomenon known as a ‘paraneoplastic syndrome’ – which is characterized by symptoms that occur because of a cancer, but the symptoms are not directly related to cancer cells present in that area of the body. Other manifestations include types of arthritis or nerve problems. After this early diagnosis the medical experts were able to treat the patient successfully with chemotherapy.

Can palm reading pick up cancer

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The basics of palmistry