A California woman claims she got cancer after getting a cut while getting a manicure.
Grace Garcia, 50, a mother of three from San Gabriel, near Los Angeles, was diagnosed with stage 1 squamous cell carcinoma (a common type of skin cancer) in April.
It occurred around a deep cut to the cuticle of his right ring finger made by a manicurist infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV).
Doctors removed the cancer through a surgical technique used to remove cancerous lesions from First Lady Jill Biden earlier this week.
Grace Garcia, 50, from the Los Angeles area, says she got cancer after having her nails cut by a manicurist.She was eventually diagnosed with stage 1 squamous cell carcinoma
Garcia, who has been trimming her nails for more than 20 years, hit the salon for her new “flashy” look just before Thanksgiving in November 2021.
However, the manicurist slipped during the treatment.
“She cut me, but the cut wasn’t a normal cuticle cut,” Garcia said. today“It was one of the first times it happened to me.”
After returning home, I applied an antibiotic ointment to the wound, but it hardly healed even after a few days.
Garcia went back to the salon and complained. “I came back upset and told them that the woman had cut me and that my finger was still bothering me.” fired her.” [after] Many complaints’. that was it.
The manicurist deeply sliced the cuticle of my right ring finger during the procedure, causing bleeding. She went home and applied antibiotic ointment to her wound, but she was not healed after several days.When it finally healed it was still soft
The cuts healed over the course of the day, but Garcia soon noticed dark “bumps” on the rest of her skin that felt tender when bumped.
Concerned, she visited her primary care doctor in April 2022 and was referred to a dermatologist, only told to monitor.
When the bump changed to look like an “open wound” and warts began to develop, she returned to the doctor who ordered a biopsy.
It was also revealed that she had stage 1 skin cancer (medically called squamous cell carcinoma) and had an HPV infection in her wounds.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HPV can cause cancer by turning normal cells into cancerous cells if the infection remains in a wound over time.
It usually occurs during sexual intercourse. But what was unusual about Ms. Garcia’s case was that her HPV infection arose from a scratch on her fingernail.
Dr. Shari Lipner, top dermatologist at Cornell University in New York City, added to DailyMail.com: [for carrying HPV].
“It must come in contact with genital warts and must be a non-sterile instrument.”
The patient’s dermatologist, Dr. Teo Soleymani of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Health, added:
“In Grace’s case, she was injured, and that was the gateway.
“So the thick skin on our hands and feet acts as a natural barrier against things like infections. [But for Ms Garcia] That was no longer the case and the virus was able to infect her skin.
Garcia was treated with Mohs surgery. Mohs surgery is an operation that allows doctors to see her 100% of the cancer and remove it without causing too much damage to the skin.
The cancer had not spread to other areas of the body.
Garcia needed no further treatment, but now needs regular visits to a dermatologist.
Doctors suggest that HPV could have gotten into the wound if the manicure had been done with instruments that had not been sterilized beforehand.
At this time, there is no evidence that the instruments used in her treatment were not sterilized.