Fake Nails

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4/20/2017 12:47pm
Replies: 4

Maybe a silly question. I have my 6 month visit after Melanoma in situ on my chest tomorrow. And I have fake nails and painted toes. Do I have to remove my fake nails and nail polish for my melanoma doc to check them? How common is Melanoma of nails? Thanks

Anonymous - (4/20/2017 - 1:17pm)

It is rare to have two different forms of melanoma. I would not worry about taking your nails and polish off for the derm. I will say just to be aware when you get your nails done, give them a check yourself before getting new nails/polish put back on. 

BillMFl - (4/22/2017 - 4:27pm)

MM of the nail usually begins where the nail first begins and gradually extends outward as the nail grows out. It typically looks like dark streak extending from the nail bed as opposed to a bruise under the nail which tends to travel out as a spot rather than a streak. No streak usually no melanoma. Chances are you have nothing to worry about unless you have seen something like I described. If you want total peace of mind ditch the polish etc before your appointment.

Bethharte - (4/24/2017 - 5:45pm)

Most Dermatologists and Oncologists would prefer you to have bare nails when yoou go for follow upp exams in order to do a complete check.

debwray - (4/27/2017 - 5:53pm)

There was a post within the last month about uvlight dryinging fake nails and  increasing UV exposure. Probably minimal increase to risk but might be worth asking ?