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Nail cancer

22 Feb 2021 12:58

Hi there. I was wanting someone to chat to, I've got a dark line on my thumbnail which has been there for a couple of years, its gotten worse and now have another on my toe, I phoned to speak to book a doctors appointment which I'm waiting on a phone call tomorrow.  The receptionist at the doctors laughed when I told her and now I'm embarrassed that I'm just wasting their time? Just wondered if anyone else has experienced the same? Thank you xx

Nail cancer

23 Feb 2021 10:22 in response to Nellyknockers.


Please don't think you are wasting the GP's time - it's terrible that the receptionist laughed & I would be putting a complaint in if it was me.

I hope you get your GP phone call today - they may ask you to send photos of your nails so they can decide if it's something easily treatable or if you need a referral to dermatology where it can be checked fully. Subungual melanoma is quite rare & it usually only affects one nail so there is a very good chance that your nail problem isn't melanoma. That said, it definitely needs checking out so don't feel embarrassed about speaking to your GP.

Good luck & please let us know how you get on,

Angie (melanoma patient)