WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Miss Illinois 2018 Karolina Jasko discovered her melanoma when a manicurist noticed a black line on her thumbnail while having her nails done at a salon.
- For cancer to be totally eliminated, she underwent four surgeries that led to the removal of her entire nail bed and nail matrix.
- The type of melanoma that she had is called subungual melanoma which can be cured but deadly if diagnosed too late.
A trip to a nail salon led Karolina Jasko, Miss Illinois 2018, to melanoma diagnosis. A manicurist who was doing her nails noticed a black line on her thumbnail and told Karolina to have it checked. She was then advised by her doctor to get a biopsy after she noticed her thumb swelling a few weeks later. The result was a melanoma diagnosis.
Relating her story with The Doctors, Karolina said she had to endure four surgeries to completely remove the cancer. Actually, the black line was a mole. If she had waited any longer, cancer would have spread all over her body, potentially putting her life at risk.
Initially, she thought her cancer was due to family history or caused by tanning beds. However, that is not the case. This is the message that she wants to share.
Karolina was first told by doctors that her thumb will have to be amputated. But fortunately, it turned out that it was her entire nail bed and nail matrix that had to be removed.
According to dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra, what Karolina had was a subungual melanoma, a malignant tumor that is curable but could be deadly if caught too late. She has also observed that it often occurs in people of color, whom Batra says, should always be aware and have their nails checked if discoloration occurs.
Awareness regarding this matter is the key, says Dr. Batra.
Oftentimes, people neglect to check their nails to check for signs of cancer. She also stresses that you could be increasing your risks for skin cancer by getting gel or acrylic nails because it uses ultraviolet drying lights.
Should you still wish to get these nail treatments, Dr. Batra recommends applying SPF 30 (preferably a broad-spectrum, zinc-based product) on your hands before the treatment or wearing gloves so that it is just your nails that are exposed to the light.
The main point here, says plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon is if you notice anything unusual on your body like changing pigmented lesions, have yourself checked right away. The treatment will be determined based on the level and extent of the melanoma.
As for Karolina, she still gets her nails done these days but says she avoids UV light dryers and solely sticks to regular manicures alone.
Source: The Doctors