I hereby interrupt your lovely holiday weekend to bring you news from a frightening article on Glamour that I read, because nothing puts the fear of God into me like telling me there might be CANCER in my nail beds.
Back to the beginning. Melanoma. It’s a less common (but just as bastardly) type of skin cancer that can occur anywhere in the body that contains melanocytes. What are melanocytes? Oh, just the melanin-producing cells hanging out in the bottom layer of our skin’s epidermis that are primarily responsible for the color of the skin.
If you polish your nails frequently (like I do), you may be missing a warning sign! Here are some things to look for when checking for melanoma in your nail beds:
- Brown or black lengthwise stripe on the nail
- Usually only one finger or toe is affected (and most often it is the index finger or big toe)
- Brownish or black pigment surrounding the nail
- African American and Japanese women have a higher risk of melanoma under the nail than any other ethnic group
And I have braved Google images to bring you an example:
After all of that, I think we kinda deserve to see some happiness, don’t you think? Enjoy and forget the nasty images you just looked at, but don’t forget to check yo’self the next time you take your polish off!
Alright, I think I’m okay now. And I hope you are too.