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I am 63 yr old Caucasian male. On the middle finger of my

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I am 63 yr old Caucasian male. On the middle finger of my left hand I have some type of dark painful growth or lesion at the cuticle. It has caused a deep pit in the nail and hurts.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 5 years ago.
mysticdoc :

The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.

mysticdoc :


Thanks for your question.

mysticdoc :

Dark painful growth at the cuticle can be a melanoma.

mysticdoc :

This should not be neglected and should be evaluated by a dermatologist.

mysticdoc :

Another possibility is a benign growth, but melanoma is more concerning differential.

Customer: Are we describing cancer?
mysticdoc :

yes correct--that is a possibility.

Customer: How does it begin in a finger?
mysticdoc :

This is due to the pigment cell mutation at the cuticle.

Any dark growth is from the excess proliferation of the pigmented cells.

mysticdoc :

Now this can be a benign noncancerous lesion.

mysticdoc :

But it is better to get it removed to prevent any complication.

Customer: What is the procedure?
mysticdoc :

Under local anesthesia, the whole growth can be removed and then sent for biopsy.

mysticdoc :

This is a same day minor procedure.

Customer: Okay. Thank you.
mysticdoc :

very welcome

mysticdoc :

best wishes,