A 20-year-old from Australia, identified as Courtney Whithorn, had to be submitted to the amputation of a finger after eaten nails for years.
The woman has suffered a long time ago fear, what has this action generated. Although he initially did not care much about it, Courtney did eat your nails as long as it caused a strange disease on his finger.
The doctors who have examined her have diagnosed him "Acral lentiginous subungual melanoma ", a kind of cancer that affected the woman's finger.
"When I discovered that biting my nail was the cause of cancer, I was devastated.I did this for myself& # 39; but I knew clearly that I did not have that mentality. I could not believe it, "he said.My hand was constantly blackbut I did not want anyone to see it, "said the affected woman, who lost her thumb after the illness.
Acral lentiginous melanoma is a type of melanoma that It occurs in the palms of the hands, on the soles of the feet or around the nail of the big toe.
It is a development of malignant pigment cells (melanocytes) along the basal layer of the epidermis. Growth can occur a lump under the nail and lift it up. Although it does not usually cause pain, it can reach the bones if the tumor is ahead.