Jaundice is a medical condition where the skin, the white parts of the eyes, and mucous membranes turn yellowish in color because of high levels of bilirubin, a yellow-orange bile pigment. This condition can be found in almost half of all newborn babies, but is likely to resolve itself and go away in a few days. In adults, however, jaundice can be a symptom of a much more serious illness, such as liver and gallbladder diseases, and pancreatic cancer. Tumors in the pancreas block the common bile duct that releases bile into the intestine, which then causes bilirubin to build up, hence the yellowish color. It’s important to get yourself checked up if you have jaundice.