Medical specialists advise people to be aware of the eight signs of critical diseases so that early treatment can begin and increase the chances of a positive outcome. The eight signs are as follows.
1. Persistent stiffness in the morning and slow movement
An early sign of Parkinson’s disease is persistent stiffness in the morning and slow movements, which might disappear with more exercise. Other signs of Parkinson’s disease include changes in the way you walk, arms that are unable to swing, and a hushed speaking voice.
2. White spots in the oral cavity
An early sign of oral cancer is white spots in the oral cavity. It might be benign, but those who smoke should see a doctor to determine if a biopsy is necessary.
3. Persistent lumps in the eyelids
Persistent lumps in the eyelids are signs of skin cancer in its early stage. Non-melanoma skin cancers, such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous-cell carcinoma, are frequently seen in this area. If the lumps constantly exist, a visit to a dermatologist is recommended for a complete examination.
4. Loss of weight for unknown reasons
Underlying causes for sudden loss of body weight of more than 5 percent include diabetes, chronic infection, depression, drug abuse, denture problems, gastric diseases, hyperthyroidism, and cancer. It is highly recorded to see a doctor to determine the reason.
5. Tanned skin color without exposure to the sun
If your skin looks tanned without frequent exposure to the sun might be due to hereditary hemoglobin deposition. This is more frequently found in middle-aged males. If the hemoglobin deposition occurs in your glands, diabetes and cirrhosis of the liver might occur.
6. Blurred vision
Sudden blurred vision is one of the signs of diabetes. Check blood sugar first instead of changing glasses. If it is caused by high blood sugar, the vision will return to normal when the blood sugar is normal.
7. Inability to recall a name
One of the signs of Alzheimer’s disease is being unable to think of other people’s names persistently. Some people even have difficulty communicating with others because they cannot find the right words to use. For instance, they might use “fist clock” instead of “watch.”
8. Change in color of the sclera
Jaundice signals liver disease or blocked bile ducts, which lead to accumulation of bilirubin in the body and consequently a colornchange of the sclera or the whites of the eyes. Seek medical help once a change of color in the whites of the eyes is noticed.
Translation by Mona Soong and Audrey Wang, edited by Alan Cheung.