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.

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