Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that develops in the cells that produce pigment (melanocytes). Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer and the leading cause of death from skin disease. It is usually caused by exposure to UV radiation from the sun, but can also be caused by exposure to tanning beds. Melanoma can develop on any part of the body but it is most commonly found on the face, legs, arms and trunk.
When examining the body for signs of skin cancer, many of us can only think of examining our skin. However, it is also important to check the nails. Changes in the nails, which are often ignored, may indicate a developing disease. A person’s nails can tell a lot about their physical health, and if you notice a blackish-brown stripe running down the length of your nail bed, it could be a sign of skin cancer.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer that can develop under or around the fingernails and toenails. Although melanoma cancer can be diagnosed in anyone, it is more likely to occur in elderly individuals.” Most likely.
How to examine fingernails to detect signs of melanoma skin cancer
According to the National Institutes of Health, if brown or brown, dark black stripes are visible on the nails of the hands or toes, then it can be a sign of melanoma cancer.
Dark skin near the nails:
When the skin around your nail becomes darker, it can be a sign of advanced melanoma.
Breakage of nails:
If the nail starts exfoliating or separates from the nail bed, it can be a sign of cancer. The nail will slowly grow out and the white free edge at the top of your nail will appear longer.
Breakage of nails:
The nail starts cracking from the middle. If this happens then it can be a sign of melanoma cancer.
Lump between the nails:
You may also notice signs of lump formation under the nails. It can be wide, deep or thin.
When to see a doctor?
If you notice any skin changes that seem unusual or any of the above symptoms are found, you should consult your doctor immediately. Although nail melanoma is often diagnosed at a more advanced stage than skin melanoma, the disease is curable if diagnosed at an early stage.