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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
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
Low but not impossib: Less than 1%Get a more detailed answer ›
No: Any shape.Get a more detailed answer ›
If you've nail subungual melanoma, does it suppose to feel hurt, itch, or you don't feel anything?Ty
I have been told I have subungual melanoma but its not in a line. Is this seriouse it has a dark spot at the bottom and is a brownie purple colour?
For a subungual melanoma (nail melanoma), the dark vertical line has to be on the surface or beneath the nail?
Spot on the nail bed: Usually seen through the nail.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers