Sun Tan Myths Exposed – #1 Melanomas form only on sun exposed spots

melanoma under nails subungalMYTH: melanomas form only on sun exposed spots

FACT: face, neck, legs & back are the most likely place to develop melanomas however they can also develop on areas that are far less often exposed to the Sun, such as the soles of the feet, palms of the hands or even fingernail beds.

Melanoma under a nail. Subungual melanoma is a rare form that occurs under a nail but it can also affect the hands or the feet. Subungual melanoma is most often found on people with darker skin pigment. Often the first sign looks like a bruise under the nail and is usually a brown or black in color.

Melanoma often appears as a brown to black lengthwise stripe on the nail.

Usually only one finger or toe is affected.

If you notice more than one of your nails has a band or line, it’s less likely that melanoma is the culprit–but it is still very important to get it checked out to be sure.

* Subungual melanoma affects the big toe and the index finger most frequently

* Don’t forget to check around the nail for brownish or black pigment.

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* African American and Japanese women have a higher risk of melanoma under the nail than other ethnic groups.

About sunnysleevez

I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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5 Responses to Sun Tan Myths Exposed – #1 Melanomas form only on sun exposed spots

  1. cindy knoke says:

    Oh man!! I didn’t know this! Thanks for posting~

  2. pablovilas13 says:

    Good info, thanks very much.

  3. Did not know this. Thanks for for the education.

  4. Leaf & Bark says:

    Thanks for stopping by. Just looking at this entry and I had no idea, but it make sense. Bob Marley had cancer in the feet.

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