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Question: Concerned about potential cancer.

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 mcrn_11 - Tue Jul 26, 2005 9:36 am


My daughter has had a purple/dark brown fingernail for over a year. She said she has not had any injury to her nail. I was researching on the internet and it said that this could be a potential sign of cancer (melanoma). I was wondering what I should do? Could this be cancer or is it something else?
 Dr. Wafaa Abdel-Hadi - Wed Jul 27, 2005 4:43 am

Dear mcrn_11,

Is it only the fingernail that's discolored? what about the rest of the finger?
This can also be a vascular disease or malnutrition.
to exclude cancer,you can have it biopsied.
Please consult your GPand he'll direct you to the appropriate specialist. I cannot comment on something i cannot see.

Tell me how it went.

Best regards,
 mcrn_11 - Wed Jul 27, 2005 9:44 pm

Thank you.

And, yes it is only just her fingernail. I have a picture if that could help?
 Dr. Wafaa Abdel-Hadi - Fri Jul 29, 2005 11:47 am

Dear Mcrn_11,

yes a picture would be benificial but It'd be better for her to see her GP ,that would save she/he can guide you to the right specialist more quickly .
Best regards
 mcrn_11 - Fri Jul 29, 2005 1:45 pm

I plan to take her to the doctors next week. I’m just so worried/paranoid. Here is a picture I’d like to know your opinion. Thank you for taking your time to answer.

You can see the right finger is the different colour.

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