A woman first noticed a dark streak in her nail 10 years ago, but never thought about it until she was forced to see a doctor.
One woman was shocked to discover the real reason behind the “cool” streak that had been growing on her nail for 10 years.
Maria Sylvia went to TikTok where her story “exploded” as viewers frantically checked their nails for the killer’s sign.
Maria, from the United States, explained that she first noticed the mark on her nail in 2012, when it was pale and the edges were soft, reports The Sun.
It developed into a strong brown line over the course of about a year.
“I used to go in and out of doctors all the time. I was an athlete, so I enjoyed taking physical exams every year, ”Maria said in a clip.
“Nobody really noticed until a doctor once saw it. It was probably around 2014, and they were like “oh, that’s weird”. But you don’t really fit the demographics.
“So if it gets even bigger, you know, go see a doctor.”
Maria said she didn’t have any pain with her nail and “thought it was a mole because that’s what they told me.”
She continued: “My friend really pushed me to go do it [get a biopsy]. So I did it.
“It was the end of January I discovered that it was a case of subungual melanoma.
“So basically this simply results in cancer under the nail.”
Subungual melanoma is cancer of the skin under the nails, both of the toes and fingers, and is particularly difficult to detect and treat early.
Patients may mistakenly believe they only have bruised toenails or not even notice a change.
Maria said her dark streak grew from the nail bed, where a cancerous mole was located.
The line had been on its nail in “full existence” since about 2014.
But he said: “Melanoma can stay in a stage called in situ, which is kind of like stage zero, for up to 13 years.
“So it’s very likely this has been stuck for 10 years and possibly been cancerous for the last three, it’s a little hard to tell.”
Maria was offered surgery in which the doctors “dug out” the nail and part of the bone.
She woke up with a cast covering her entire hand and wrist preventing her from moving her thumb as she recovered.
But luckily, in an update, Maria said the new test results revealed that there were no more cancer cells in the nail.
Doctors have given her a skin graft for her thumb using the flesh from her arm, although she doesn’t know yet what the end result will look like.
Maria offered reassurance to anyone who is afraid the streak in the nail could be cancer, but still urged people to see their doctor.
He said: “I want to make it clear that most of you guys who claim to have this are probably just a mole and you probably just have a deposit of melanin in your nail.
“I recommend that you see your doctor, but for the most part you are probably fine. This is a very rare cancer, very rare, especially in my demographics. “
Maria’s initial video has now reached 15.1 million people.
But while some went crazy, others reassured they had had the streak in their nail for years without damage.
Dr Raj Karan, a NHS doctor who has become a sensational TikTok, said: “It’s actually quite common in people with darker skin.”
Known as melanonychia, dark steak can occur naturally in African American, Hispanic, Indian, Japanese, and other dark-skinned breeds, reports WedMD.
But Dr. Karan warned that, as with skin, you should go to the doctor if you see a change in the size, color or shape of your nails.
Other signs of cancer under the nail include separation from the nail bed, bleeding, thinning or cracking, or a bruise that doesn’t go away.
The skin around the nail can also be darkened.
Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer and is usually the result of exposure to UV rays (sunlight or tanning beds).
Caught early, melanoma skin cancer has a good survival rate – 90 percent if the disease is detected at stage one.
In 2021, it is estimated that 16,878 new cases of skin melanoma will be diagnosed in Australia (9,869 males and 7,009 females).
This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced with permission
Originally released as Shock Truth about the ‘cool streak’ in a woman’s nail