For Maria Sylvia, a 10-year relationship with a “cool streak” in her thumb led her to discover what she first thought was a mole was actually cancer.
A 25-year-old TikToker from Virginia proves the need to get checked up regularly, especially for anything that seems a bit odd or any changes in your skin. She has hit 25 million views with a video that shows a “cool streak” in her nails.
In the video, you can see the caption, “Me: I’ve had this for 10 years and think it was a cool streak in my nail,” before the reveal. “It’s cancer.”
Given the enormous appeal of this video, Maria was repeatedly asked to explain in more detail what was actually going on.
In a series of follow-up videos that clarified how long the streak had been on the nail and how no one had noticed it over its 10-year life, Maria expresses that she’s been diligent in keeping an eye on the checkups keep.
“I’ve been to doctors. I’ve been in and out of doctors [offices] the whole time. I was an athlete, so I was screened every year,” she continued. “That was probably around 2014 and they were like, ‘Oh, that’s weird, but you don’t really fit the demographic, so if there’s just any go bigger and see a doctor.’
When he found out what it was, the TokToker said, “I didn’t have any pain with it so I just thought it was a birthmark because they told me it was most likely a birthmark in my nail bed.”
After pressure from friends to have the “birthmark” examined more seriously after the strip had darkened, Maria was informed that it was not just a birthmark, but “stage 0 subungual melanoma”.
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In an interview with Newsweek, the TikToker clarified that even identifying problems early does not lead to an easy fix.
“I have been told that this cancer can remain in situ (also known as stage 0) for 10 to 13 years before it reaches stage 1. I was relieved to have looked at it when I did, but I knew there was more to be expected from getting rid of this cancer.”
Urging people to take care of their health was the main takeaway Maria wanted to convey to her viewers:
“I think some people are afraid to face the possibility of having cancer and face their mortality. The main thing I’ve been urging is to calm down and see someone, if caught early this is very curable and having a shaky thumb for a month or two is better than not having one at all . ”
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