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A victim's report could save the lives of many people who believe they have nail fungus
Very few people think of skin cancer if their fingernails or toenails change color. Instead, most of those affected try to fight the supposed athlete's foot with over-the-counter medications. But sometimes there is skin cancer behind it.
The same happened to a British woman who posted a photo of her thumbnail on Facebook. She wrote: "I thought it was just a wart or nail fungus." However, the doctors told her that it was malignant melanoma. Now parts of her thumb have to be amputated.
Alleged nail fungus turned out to be dangerous skin cancer
"I am lucky. The cancer did not spread. I lose half my thumb but the cancer will go away, ”Melanie Williams recently wrote on Facebook. With her post, she wants to encourage people to take discoloration on their nails seriously and have them examined by a doctor. "I don't want your pity. I want to attract attention, ”said the young Brit. "Go and let every change in your skin be controlled. Don't seek excuses, don't leave it to chance. ”
Your social network call has been shared over 100,000 times. "Please do not comment on how brave I am, but share my post so everyone is aware," asked Williams. Last week, she said that more tests were being done and that she might lose more of her thumb.
Melanoma is the deadliest type of skin cancer. Experts recommend checking the skin regularly for changes. The "ABCDE of melanoma," can be used, "A = asymmetry (asymmetry): a mole whose shape and color is uneven. B = Border: Melanomas have an irregular, shell-shaped or poorly defined border. C = color: deviations from one place to another; Shades of light brown and brown, black; sometimes white, red or blue. D = Diameter: Melanomas are usually larger than 6 millimeters (the size of an eraser) when diagnosed, but they can also be smaller. E = development (evolving): a mole or a skin change that looks different from the rest or changes in size, shape or color ”.
Suspicious skin areas should always be checked by a dermatologist. In addition, statutory health insurers in Germany are entitled to skin cancer screening every two years from the age of 35. (sb)