Everybody knows that is very important to get moles and freckles check out by a dermatologist, but doctors are warning of a potentially deadly nail cancer, so you should check your nails too.
Here are some signs of cancer that you cannot overlook.
Dr. Dana Stern is a dermatologist specializing in nail treatments, and according to her, a brown line on a nail can be a sign of serious melanoma.
She is warning people to be careful, since this can be a potentially deadly form of cancer.
The advice is that if you notice a line under your nail, you should go to the doctor immediately.
It is probably a bruise, but if you don’t recall the injury, or if the dark line isn’t despairing, then you should see the doctor.
Sings of nail melanoma:
- The line is dark
- The borders of the line are blurred
- Stripe is shape shifting
- Patient’s medical history can be a factor as well.
Depending on the stage of the cancer, treatment can be just removing melanoma and damaged tissue or amputation of the fingertip.
Even though most of the lines on the nail are just bruises, if you have worries, the best thing is to visit your dermatologist and have it checked out.
Early detection increases the chances of successfully treating, so please don’t wait or hold off the doctor’s appointment.