Woman develops rare cancer after manicure accident

In the United States, a 50-year-old woman has been diagnosed with a rare type of cancer associated with human papillomavirus (HPV) infection after suffering an accident during her manicure.

At the time, the professional accidentally made a deep cut in the client’s cuticle, which did not heal properly and acted as an entry point for the virus. Months after the accident, the lesion has become skin cancer — stage 1 squamous cell carcinoma.

Today the patient Grace Garcia, of California, is doing well and successfully underwent surgery to remove the cancer from his finger. The diagnosis being early, she did not need to undergo radiotherapy sessions.

To understand the origin of North American skin cancer, it should be mentioned that in November 2021, the patient went to a manicure and suffered an injury at the base of the cuticle.

Because of this, he went through doctors, but the wound did not seem to heal properly. Then there was a kind of wart dark at the site of injury.

In April 2021, the patient came to see dermatologist Teo Soleymani, from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), who requested a biopsy of the “wart”. According to the doctor, the cancer was squamous cell carcinoma, which is less aggressive than melanoma – another type of skin cancer.

However, the cause was strangely unusual: a strain of HPV in the nail area. Indeed, normally, this type of virus causes other types of tumors, such as cervical cancer, not affecting the fingers of patients.

This type of cancer “is very rare for several reasons. The strains that cause HPV-associated cancer tend to be sexually transmitted,” Soleymani tells the paper. Today.

“In Grace’s case, she had an injury, which became the gateway. That thick skin that we have on our hands and feet that works as a natural barrier against infections and things like that, she was gone, and the virus managed to infect her skin,” he adds.

“His case was still interesting, because the evolution of the disease lasted about three months, much shorter than the [tempo médio dos primeiros sinais do] squamous cell carcinoma”, completes the doctor.

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