Why People Are Paying Special Attention To This Photo Of A Clubbed Nail

“They’re gonna grow, and if I have to put silver bells and fireworks on the end of them to raise awareness, I will.”

When one woman noticed something strange about her fingernail, it was suggested that she see a doctor right away — and it's a good thing she did.

Jean Taylor, 53, from Manchester, England, explains on Facebook that she originally posted a photo of her curved nail to her Facebook wall to see if anyone could help her identify the symptom. When she was "urged to go to the doctor" by her daughter, she thought it was a "tad extreme," but decided to go.

"I felt ridiculous going to the doctor over a curved nail. I just thought I was wasting their time," Taylor tells the Manchester Evening News

Taylor explains that from there, she was rushed for blood tests and a chest x-ray. She went back in for a CT scan, a PET scan, and some more tests, including an MRI and a lung biopsy. Two weeks later, she got her results: stage one lung cancer.

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Taylor "always kept her fingernails short for work until starting an office job two months ago," the Manchester Evening News reports, and she assumed her bending swollen nails were genetic, as her mother had them too. 

"Her mum lost half of her lung due to cancer, but Jean had never thought her mum's bending nails could also be a symptom of her disease."

But turns out, Taylor's nails were actually a "clubbed nail," or a rare sign of lung cancer

"Finger clubbing happens in more than 3 out of 10 people (35 percent) with non-small cell lung cancer but only about 4 out of 100 people (4 percent) with small-cell lung cancer. You may also get it with mesothelioma," Cancer Research UK reports. And it is unusual, so the organization recommends those who notice it go to see a doctor

Taylor adds that after her diagnosis, she decided to paint her nails in glitter to acknowledge that they "saved her life."

"They're gonna grow, and if I have to put silver bells and fireworks on the end of them to raise awareness, I will."

Taylor's post of her nail has since gone viral, and she says that though she's no doctor, she thinks nail technicians should be some of those trained in recognizing finger clubbing. 

"I know a girl who is currently training at college to do nails, and she messaged me to ask if she could share it in her technician group because she'd never heard of it." 

Other symptoms of lung cancer include: pain in the chest, shoulder, or back unrelated to pain from coughing, shortness of breath, changes in the voice, coughing up blood, phlegm, or mucus, and more. 

It's important that we know and understands the signs of sickness, and it's posts like Taylor's that could help encourage others to see their doctors and, ultimately, save lives. 

(H/T: Scary Mommy

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