I have suffered for the last six or seven years from a skin condition on my hands which causes them too crack, split and bleed while forming irregular callous-like patches that flake and itch and drive me nuts. Ive consulted many doctors, including several dermatologists, at respected medical centers, spending thousands of dollars trying to find out what was going on. No one could tell me what was causing it. I asked many times if there could be an underlying cause such as cancer i was assured there was not, that i had classic psoriasis The only treaent that improved it was prednisone, which I took a month prior to the TCC presenting in my left kidney /ureter. I found an article about symptoms of lung cancer. Tripe palms was a big warning sign it said. So I looked up trip palms. 95% of the time my research found there was an underlying tumor. The article recommended anyone with this condition be given a full work up to find the cause.
My condition was not exactly the same as tripe palms, which causes a velvety texture on the skin. My problem sure isn't velvety. But I firmly believe now that this skin condition no one could cure was related to my cancer. If it had been properly diagnosed when the doctors assured me it wasn't a concern is have known about the cancer years sooner and had hugely better odds. Patients and doctors both should be aware of the relation of skin conditions to cancer. Maybe I've been living only hole so long I just haven't paid attention and my doctors have been behind the times, but this was pretty profound and I wish I'd known it sooner.