Woman who ignored mark on fingernail for years discovers she has deadly cancer
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A woman who ignored a mark on her fingernail for years, discovered she had a deadly cancer.
Alana Severs, 36, used red nail varnish to hide the “embarrassing line”.
But then she spotted an article on a magazine’s website suggesting it could be a symptom of an unusual cancer.
A panicked Alana went to her GP the next day and they sent her for an urgent referral.
Alana, 36, said: “What I thought of as a frivolous pastime, reading an article in bed, turned out to save my life.”
After a biopsy, she was diagnosed with melanoma and surgeons removed Alana’s entire fingernail plus 5mm of
And she is grateful that she caught the cancer before it spread.
Nurse Alana said: “Because it was just a tiny line I never thought anything of it.
“I always wore red nail polish to cover it up because I was embarrassed about it.
“Then reading this article made me panic.But I’m relieved I came across it when I did.”
When Alana first spotted the article on a magazine’s website, she immediately suspected the worst. She said: “I sent screenshots to my partner.
“I was in an absolute panic and said my nail looks exactly the same.
“I was terrified that I had cancer and couldn’t believe that I ignored it for so long.”
Medical staff at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, told Alana she needed her fingernail removing immediately –
before it had the chance to spread into her bloodstream.
She said: “By some miracle, although it had been growing outwards and the line was getting bigger, it hadn’t started growing down yet.
“So I was cured with a few surgeries.
“The doctors told me it was brilliant that it hadn’t grown down into my hand.”
As well as losing the fingernail, Alana also needed to have a skin graft from her arm to cover her wound.
Alana, from Portsmouth, Hants, added: “To think that my life was changed, just by reading an article.
I could have gone another three years without thinking anything of it, and it could have spread and
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