“When you see many of these changes in the body, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have a certain medical condition,” says Dr Robin Evans, of recognising subtle or unusual symptoms. “However, a bell should go off in your head to get screened or talk to your doctor.”

A vast body of research shows that early screening could prevent certain diseases and even premature death. While some of these symptoms signal more benign issues (like orange skin from overconsumption of carrots!), others could be telltale signs of disease. 

Here, Evans and Dr Damon Raskin, point out what 12 visible symptoms from head to toe could mean for your health. (Remember: When in doubt, always talk to your doctor.)

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Skin: The New York Times Health Guide; Earlobe: Circulation; Ear: U.S. National Library of Medicine; Eyes: U.S. National Library of Medicine; Breast: American Cancer Society; Belly button: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; Hands: Summit Medical Group; Legs: Mayo Clinic; Tongue: Stanford Medicine, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, The New York Times Health Guide; Feet: American Podiatric Medical Association, Mayo Clinic

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