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Those with subungual melanoma: how long did it take to notice the line?
I just noticed today that there’s a faint dark vertical line running down from the top of my nail to the very edge. I never really noticed it there before today, but after some good old googling, I kept getting information about subungual melanoma and it’s starting to scare me. I’m certain I haven’t injured my finger or nail recently and so it doesn’t look like a splinter hemorrhage. I’m 28 years old, female, of Asian descent and I don’t have any other major health conditions. However, my mother is currently battling stage 4 lung cancer. I have a doctor’s appointment in about a week, so I was planning on bringing this up to my doctor when I go.
For those with diagnosed subungual melanoma, did you gradually notice the dark line appearing over time or did it appear fairly quickly?
These lines are EXTREMELY common in people of Asian descent! I recall every other Asian person has them. Please try not to stress out. See a dermatologist if you wish, but I think that observation is all that’s needed for now.
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