Moles (nevi), which are less likely to appear in streaks
Deposits of melanin beneath the nail which can occur as a result of pregnancy (as well as chemotherapy or radiation therapy)
In order to get a proper diagnosis of subungual melanoma, your dermatologist will carefully inspect the nail and lesion using a tool called a dermascope, which provides a magnified view of the nail and surrounding tissue.
In order to get a definitive diagnosis, you will need to have the entire lesion plus some of the surrounding tissue removed. This is called a biopsy. A less-invasive punch biopsy may be used if the signs are uncertain.
“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.
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