“Nail melanoma is often diagnosed at a more advanced stage than melanoma on the skin, making it more dangerous for your health,” Souyoul said in an AAD news release. “If you notice any changes to your nails, including a new dark band on your nail, make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist.”

Treatment for melanoma includes the removal of the tumor, amputation, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy and targeted therapies. Treatment type and outcome is based on the stage of your cancer, which further emphasizes the importance of early intervention.


by Jessica Daniels