Lung cancer is one of the most serious types of cancer to be diagnosed, as it’s usually difficult to spot until it has spread to other parts of the body. You could be at risk of the disease if you develop yellow-coloured eyes, it’s been revealed.
Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers to be diagnosed in the UK, warned the NHS.
Around 45,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer in the UK every year.
Signs of the disease only tend to reveal themselves once the cancer has spread through the lungs.
One of the more serious signs of lung cancer is developing a yellowing of the eyes.
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“You may not have many symptoms of lung cancer until a tumour becomes quite large,” warned the charity.
“This means it might only be discovered when you have an X-ray or scan for a different reason.
“If you have a tumour that has spread outside your lungs, the first symptom might not come from your chest at all.
“In this case, symptoms might include: back pain, bone pain or fracture, confusion, swallowing difficulties, [and] jaundice – when your skin or eyes become yellow.”
Jaundice is caused by a build-up of a yellow substance known as bilirubin.
Bilirubin is produced in the body during the breakdown of red blood cells.
It usually passes through the liver, but higher than normal levels of bilirubin may indicate that there’s a problem with the liver.
Jaundice may also be caused by gallstones, pancreatitis, hepatitis, or even alcoholic liver disease.