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Lung cancer: An unsettling change to your face could indicate your risk

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Health Feed

People with advanced cancer may notice a swelling on the face or neck. According to Cancer Research UK, this is called superior vena cava obstruction (SVCO). As Macmillan UK explained, the superior vena cava (SVC) is a big vein in the middle of the chest. It carries blood from the upper body to the heart. If cancer presses on the SVC, it may block the flow of blood along this vein. The charity said: “SVCO is usually caused by a lung cancer near this vein and less commonly other types of cancer.”

As Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation (RCLCF) explains, many people will think a swollen face is the sign of an allergic reaction.

“However, swelling of the face can be caused by a superior vena cava obstruction, which is usually caused by lung cancer,” explains the health body.

The superior vena cava is a large vein in the chest – it carries blood from the upper half of the body into the heart.

According to RCLCF, superior vena cava obstruction occurs when something stops the blood flowing.

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Other symptoms of SVCO may include:

A feeling of fullness in the face when bending over



Swelling in the hands, and veins on a person’s chest

Feeling dizzy

Changes in a person’s eyesight.

How to respond to symptoms

According to the NHS, you should see a GP if you have symptoms of lung cancer, such as breathlessness or a persistent cough.

As the health body explains, the GP will ask about your general health and your symptoms.

“They may examine you and ask you to breathe into a device called a spirometer, which measures how much air you breathe in and out,” it says.

Who’s at risk?

There are some factors that can increase your risk of developing lung cancer.

Having any of these risk factors doesn’t mean that you will definitely get cancer, however.

Smoking tobacco is the biggest cause of lung cancer in the UK – around seven out of 10 lung cancers are caused by smoking, reports Cancer Research UK.

If you are struggling to quit smoking, you call the NHS Smokefree helpline on 0300 123 1044, open Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm and Saturday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm.

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Nadia Sawalha feels 'unnerved' by cancel culture after ‘unsettling’ family conversation

Nadia Sawalha, 56, has revealed she has concerns about cancel culture while preparing to address the subject on her and husband Mark Adderley’s podcast, Confessions of a Modern Parent. The Loose Women panellist admitted she felt “unsettled” over the issue following a conversation with her daughters, Kiki, 13, and Maddy, 18.
Cancel culture involves someone being ostracised from social or professional circles – whether it be online, on social media, or in person. 

Those who are thrust out of the circle are then said to have been “cancelled”. 

Nadia addressed her feelings about the phenomenon in view of her 381,000 Instagram followers this afternoon.

The actress explained: “We are recording our Confessions of a Modern Parent tomorrow.

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The mum-of-two didn’t share further details about what was said during her conversation with her daughters.

Nadia’s former ITV colleague Piers Morgan, 55, has also been vocal about cancel culture recently.

The outspoken journalist left his role on Good Morning Britain this month after facing fierce backlash over his comments about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Piers recently aired his views on the subject while weighing in on a possible candidate who could replace him.

The star made the joke on his Instagram account, where he shared the front page of the Sunday Sport with his 1.6 million followers.

The presenter responded to the paper’s headline “Roland Rat to replace Piers on GMB”.

He wrote: “Not such a mad idea… Roland was a massive ratings success & likes to speak his mind.

“He’d also be immune to the cancel culture mob because he could cry ‘ANIMAL CRUELTY!’ if any of the wokies came for him..”

Roland Rat was best known in the 1980s as a puppet character voiced by David Claridge.