This Simple Nail Test Apparently Reveals If You Might Have Lung Cancer
By Izza Sofia, 29 Nov 2019
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A simple, at-home test claiming to warn people about early signs of lung cancer has made its rounds.
Made famous by oncology nurse advisor Emma Norton, the Schamroth window test invites people to put the nails of their index fingers together to look out for a diamond-shaped space between the cuticles.
If a gap isn’t there, it is a sign of finger clubbing, which is a symptom of lung cancer. Norton explained that this test is also used among medical professionals.
Finger clubbing happens when the base of the nail softens and the skin next to the nail bed becomes shiny. The nails then begin to curve and the ends of the fingers are enlarged.
Is it believed that the result is due to fluid collecting in the soft tissues at the end of the fingers, but it not clear why this happens.
This comes after a woman found out she had lung cancer from realizing she had clubbed fingers. She had thought her nails were just an embarrassing trait, but it led to a devastating diagnosis.
To take the Schamroth window test, first put your hands up in front of you and touch the tips of your index fingers against each other.
Then, make your nails touch by bending the tops of your fingers. If you see a small diamond space between your nails, then your nails are not clubbed.
However, it is worth noting that finger clubbing doesn’t necessarily mean that you definitely have lung cancer, and you should always see your GP to establish the cause of finger clubbing to rule out cancer.
Schamroth window: Simple finger test that 'can reveal cancer'. The 'Schamroth window test' can reveal signs of a symptom called finger clubbing, which may be caused by the deadly disease. https://t.co/WnZuC78ZgI— Reformed Bully (@ReformedBully) November 27, 2019
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