Woman Posts A Photo To Show One Way Skin Cancer Can Hide In Your Body Without You Knowing

Date June 13, 2018

What is the most important thing about every type of cancer? The answer might be pretty obvious, but it is early detection and treatment. As the disease progresses, the chances for survival are decreasing immensely. Unfortunately, any type of skin cancer is no exception. A lot of people discover melanoma when it is already too late. Jean Skinner shares a photo of her client’s pretty noticeable sign on the nail that, unfortunately for the latter, indicated stage 4 melanoma.

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Horrible discovery

The woman had a small vertical dark line under her nail (the nail bed). This is a characteristic sign of a rare and extremely aggressive subungual melanoma. Imagine what it feels like to learn it might be cancer when visiting an ordinary nail salon; it must be devastating. Especially, considering the fact that the previous “diagnostic centers” (nail salons) suggested this sign could be a bruise, or a lack of calcium, or simply something hereditary.

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What is subungual melanoma?

Subungual melanoma is a type of cancer that grows in the nails and begins in the nail matrix. And indeed, often times, this nail melanoma can look like other conditions, including subungual hematoma (blood under the nail) caused by an injury, or some non-dangerous pigmentation changes.  

Subungual melanoma is one of the rarest types of skin cancer, though it is one of the fastest. It is important to begin treatment as soon as possible, as the cancerous cells can quickly spread to other parts of the body, including lymph nodes, lungs, liver, and other organs.

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What are the symptoms?

You might wonder how one can spot this cancer on early stages? Since subungual melanoma starts in the nail matrix, it has nothing to do with the unusual moles on your skin. The symptoms typically include the following ones:

  • vertical band on the nail that’s usually dark colored;
  • expansion of the dark band;
  • unexplained change of pigmentation under the nail that spreads to surrounding tissues;
  • nodule under the nail (not necessarily with a pigmentation band);
  • bleeding in the area of the unusual pigmentation under the nail;
  • brittleness and cracking of the nail.

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Subungual melanoma can cause no symptoms at all, making it hard to diagnose early. Sure, the symptoms above can indicate some other condition, so the very first thing you need to remember is don’t panic. If you notice any of the following symptoms that do not disappear soon, it is reasonable to consult your doctor and undergo the needed tests.

We thank Jean Skinner for sharing the story with everyone!

                                                                                                                                  Source: The Sun, Health Line

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