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Dark painful growth at the cuticle can be a melanoma.
This should not be neglected and should be evaluated by a dermatologist.
Another possibility is a benign growth, but melanoma is more concerning differential.
yes correct--that is a possibility.
This is due to the pigment cell mutation at the cuticle.
Any dark growth is from the excess proliferation of the pigmented cells.
Now this can be a benign noncancerous lesion.
But it is better to get it removed to prevent any complication.
Under local anesthesia, the whole growth can be removed and then sent for biopsy.
This is a same day minor procedure.