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Is subungual melanoma dangerous?

Is subungual melanoma dangerous?

Yes: If you have an area beneath your nail that is dark, and doesn't resolve like a bruise normally would, then please get it assessed. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common are: basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use & ...Read more


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What percent of subungual melanoma is in Caucasians vs Asians, black, etc...

What percent of subungual melanoma is in Caucasians vs Asians, black, etc...

No simple answer: To know the true answer, every human being in the world would have to have access to good health care, get a correct diagnosis as soon as the lesions appear, and everything be recorded. Being said, folks who are naturally darker-skinned are at greater risk for subungual and acral-lentiginous melanomas. Nobody knows why. Have any suspicious lesion of your own seen. ...Read more

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What is treatment for a subungual melanoma?

What is treatment for a subungual melanoma?

Surgical removal: Treatment of melanoma generally involves surgical removal of the lesion, examination of the regional lymph nodes to assess for spread. For more info see this site. http://www.dermnetnz.org/hair-nails-sweat/melanoma-nailunit.html. ...Read more

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Will they remove my nail when they check my suspected subungual melanoma?

Most likely yes: Most likely yes. They would need to get a biopsy of the mole. If it is located underneath the nail- the nail has to be out so a biopsy can be done and enough tissue can be resected. Discuss with your dermatologist. ...Read more

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If you've nail subungual melanoma, does it suppose to feel hurt, itch, or you don't feel anything?Ty

Depends: You could have any of these symptoms or none at all. If you have concern about a lesion, don't ignore it and seek physican consultation and possible biopsy right away. The key to skin cancer treatment is early detection. ...Read more

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I have a persistent thin black line that runs the length of my nail. Other than subungual melanoma, what might this represent?

I have a persistent thin black line that runs the length of my nail.  Other than subungual melanoma, what might this represent?

Melanonychia: Melanonychia is black line that runs the nail. It can represent many diagnosis, and subungal melanoma is one of them. It could also be a splinter hemorrhage which can be benign or as a sign of a serious heart condition. Other causes of the black line could be a fungal or bacterial infection, and and many others possibilities. A dermatologist can help you figure out what's going on. ...Read more

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Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Melanoma is a cancer of the melanocyte cells. Melanocyte cells determine the color of your skin. Although these cells are primarily found in your skin, they can also be found in the bowel ...Read more