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Those with subungual melanoma: how long did it take to notice the line?

Forums Cutaneous Melanoma Community Those with subungual melanoma: how long did it take to notice the line?

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    simplymexs2
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    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?

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      simplymexs2
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      EDIT: For better context, this is a picture of my nail

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      MichelleRHG
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      The only way to know for sure is with a biopsy, so unless the doctor you are seeing in about a week can do that, I would make an appt with a dermatologist now. Hopefully it is nothing, though!

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      Ellie_82
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      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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