This actually looks like a bruise on her fingernail, but knowing what it really is might save your life
A U.K. mother is trying to raise awareness about Melanoma, a type of severe skin cancer. She thought her thumb had a fungus infection, but it turned out to be a lot worse.
“See that on my thumb? Do you know what it is? It’s skin cancer,” Melanie Williams wrote in July. “This grew from nothing in a matter of weeks. I thought it was just a fungal infection or a wart.”
The cancer was removed last week, she added. The Melanoma, luckily, had not spread.
According to SkinCancer.org, Melanoma is the most severe type of skin cancer and it kills almost 10,000 people in the U.S. each year. “If melanoma is recognized and treated early, it is almost always curable, but if it is not, the cancer can advance and spread to other parts of the body, where it becomes hard to treat and can be fatal,” the organization says.
Regarding warning signs, it adds: “Moles, brown spots and growths on the skin are usually harmless — but not always. Anyone who has more than 100 moles is at greater risk for melanoma. The first signs can appear in one or more atypical moles. That’s why it’s so important to get to know your skin very well and to recognize any changes in the moles on your body.”
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