California woman claims manicure led to CANCER

A California woman claims she contracted cancer after getting a cut while getting a manicure.

Grace Garcia, 50, a mother of three from San Gabriel, near Los Angeles, was diagnosed in April with stage 1 squamous cell carcinoma – a common form of skin cancer.

It had developed around a deep cut in the cuticle of her right ring finger, made by a nail technician, who had become infected with the human papilloma virus (HPV).

Doctors removed the cancer through a surgical technique used earlier this week to remove cancerous lesions from First Lady Jill Biden.

Grace Garcia, 50, near Los Angeles, says she contracted cancer after a nail technician cut off a piece of her nail.  She was eventually diagnosed with stage 1 squamous cell carcinoma

Grace Garcia, 50, near Los Angeles, says she contracted cancer after a nail technician cut off a piece of her nail. She was eventually diagnosed with stage 1 squamous cell carcinoma

Ms. Garcia – who has been getting her nails done for more than two decades – went to a new “fancy” salon just before Thanksgiving in November 2021.

But during the treatment, the nail stylist slipped.

“She cut me, and the cut wasn’t just any cuticle,” Ms Garcia told Today. “That was one of the first times that happened to me.”

When she got home she put antibiotic ointment on the wound, but after a few days it had only just healed.

Mrs. Garcia returned to the drawing room to complain. “I was upset and I went back, and I told them the lady cut me and my finger is still bothering me,” she said. “They said, ‘oh, we fired her [after] many complaints. That was it.’

The manicurist cut deeply into her cuticle on her right ring finger during the procedure, causing it to bleed

She went home and put antibiotic ointment on the cut, but a few days later it had not healed.  When it finally healed it was still soft

The manicurist cut deeply into her cuticle on her right ring finger during the procedure, causing it to bleed. She went home and put antibiotic ointment on the cut, but a few days later it had not healed. When it finally healed it was still soft

The cut healed as the days passed, but Mrs. Garcia soon noticed a ‘bump’ that was a darker color than the rest of her skin and felt sensitive when bumped.

She started to worry and visited her GP in April 2022, who referred her to a dermatologist, but they told her to just keep an eye on it.

When the bump turned into an “open wound” and a wart started to form, she went back to the doctors, who ordered a biopsy.

It revealed she had stage 1 skin cancer – medically called squamous cell carcinoma – and also an HPV infection in the wound.

HPV can cause cancer when infections linger on wounds over time, turning normal cells into cancer cells, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

It usually occurs during sexual activity. But what made Ms. Garcia’s case unusual was that the HPV infection had originated in the wound in her nail.

Dr. Shari Lipner, a top dermatologist at Cornell University in New York City, added to DailyMail.com, “It’s generally genital warts that are responsible [for carrying HPV].

“It should be a device that has come into contact with a genital wart and not been sterilized.”

The patient’s dermatologist, Dr. Teo Soleymani, of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Health, added: “In general, from an HPV standpoint, the strains that cause cancer are more sexually transmitted.

“In Grace’s case, she had an injury, which became the gateway.

“So that thick skin we have on our hands and feet, which acts as a natural barrier against infection and things like that.” [But for Ms Garcia] that was no longer the case and the virus could infect her skin.’

Ms Garcia was treated using Mohs surgery, a procedure that allows doctors to see 100 percent of the cancer and then remove it without damaging too much skin.

The cancer had not spread to other parts of the body.

Ms. Garcia did not need any further treatment, but now has to visit her dermatologist regularly for check-ups.

Doctors suggest that HPV may have entered the wound if she underwent a manicure with equipment that was not sterilized beforehand.

There is currently no evidence that the equipment used for her treatment was not sterilized.

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