From Cosmopolitan UK
It pays to be clued up on all the surprising symptoms you’d never normally think were a sign of cancer. And luckily one manicurist was, when one of her clients came in looking for a nail polish that was dark enough to cover a strange mark that had appeared on her nail.
Posting on Facebook, Jean Skinner uploaded a photograph (with permission) of the woman’s nail which has a clear dark stripe down the middle of it – almost the colour of tattoo ink – in an attempt to educate others.
I had a walk-in nail client a couple weeks ago. She had been going to the “NAILS” type salons for years. She had a…
Posted by Jean Skinner on Saturday, August 19, 2017
“I had a walk-in nail client a couple weeks ago,” Jean wrote. “She had a straight dark vertical stripe down her nail. She said as soon as she sat down—I need a color dark enough to cover this stripe.”
The customer informed Jean that various other salons had previously suggested the mysterious line could have been down to a number of things, ranging from a calcium deficiency, to a blood blister, to simply being a hereditary mark with no real explanation.
But as Jean was well aware, none of the above were the case. In fact, the dark line was an indication that her customer had melanoma, a form of skin cancer.
“I did not want to frighten her but I told her she needed to see her doctor immediately! She called me today to tell me that yes it was a very aggressive melanoma that has already spread to her lymph nodes,” Jean wrote. And sadly, she added that her client’s prognosis is not good.
Urging others to recognise unusual symptoms such as these, the beauty therapist continued: “Please pay attention to abnormalities in your nail beds!! Odd changes in your nails can very likely be nothing to worry about, but sometimes it is an indication of a very serious disease… Early diagnosis can make all the difference in the world”.
It’s not the first time a warning like this has been publicised on social media. Last year, Facebook user Lauren Ann uploaded a photograph of her best friend’s thumbnail, which displayed a similar line down the nail that was lighter in colour than Jean’s client’s was.
“That’s what #melanoma looks like on a #thumbnail.” … One of my very best friends in the world got gel manicures…
Posted by Lauren Ann on Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Lauren noted that her friend regularly had gel manicures which involved the use of UV light, suggesting this may possibly have contributed to the cancer. In this instance, the cancer had not spread, however the sufferer had to have her nail permanently removed.
So let’s all remember to pay attention to any changes in our bodies, and seek medical help if we have concerns, yeah