Stacey Boss, 32, from Scotland, told how she shrugged off and ignored the strange mark that was found on one of her nails on her right hand for a while, until her beautician noticed the finding in November of 2019. During the same treatment, the manicurist refused to finish building the nails and urged her to see a doctor urgently .
“I was very confused,” Boss admitted to “Candy News”. “I didn’t know anything about skin cancer or melanoma, and that it can appear under the nails.” At first, the woman explained that she was sure it was just a fungus or a bruise under the fake nail until she visited a dermatologist who diagnosed her with subepithelial melanoma – a rare type of skin cancer found under the nail.
The manicurist discovered an abnormal finding under the nail and referred the client to a dermatologist (photo: from Tiktok)
According to the Association of the American Academy of Dermatology, the condition can be treated when diagnosed relatively early, but melanoma can be fatal if diagnosed too late. Melanoma of the nail appears as “a dark streak in the nail bed, a split, raised nail or an abnormal bump under the nail” – symptoms that Boss experienced. According to her, last March the nail was removed in a simple medical procedure, and she was sent for a biopsy.
The nail was removed and sent for a biopsy (photo: from Tiktok)
Boss explained that there were some delays in the final diagnosis due to the corona epidemic, and now she is facing additional tests to make sure that the melanoma has not spread to other areas of her body such as the lymph nodes. In addition, she hopes to raise awareness of this type of skin cancer and encourage others to notice changes in their bodies – and especially in their nails. “My manicurist saved my life,” Boss concluded.