A California woman claims she developed cancer after sustaining a cut during a manicure procedure.
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 developed around a deep cut in the epidermis of the right ring finger made by a nail technician, which was infected with human papilloma virus (HPV).
Doctors cut out the cancer through a surgical technique used to remove precancerous lesions from First Lady Jill Biden earlier this week.
Grace Garcia, 50, from near Los Angeles, says she developed 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’s been doing her manicures for more than two decades — went to a new, ‘luxury’-looking salon ahead of Thanksgiving in November 2021.
But during the treatment, the nail technician slipped.
‘It cut me,’ said Ms. Garcia, ‘and the wound was not just an ordinary skin cut.’ Today. “It was one of the first times this happened to me.”
She put antibiotic ointment on the wound when she got home, but after a few days it had barely healed.
Mrs. García returned to the salon to file a complaint. “I was upset,” she said, “and I went back, and told them the lady had hurt me, and my finger still bothered me.” They said, “Oh, we kicked her out.” [after] Lots of complaints. “That was it.”
The manicurist cut deeply into the skin of her right toe during the procedure, causing it to start bleeding. She went home and applied antibiotic ointment to the wound, but after a few days the wound still hadn’t healed. When it finally healed it was still soft
The wound healed over the days, but soon Mrs. Garcia noticed a “bump” that was darker in color than the rest of her skin and felt painful if she was exposed to something.
She became concerned and visited her primary care physician in April 2022, who referred her to a dermatologist—but they only told her to monitor her.
When the bumps changed to look like an “open wound,” and the wart began to appear, she went back to the doctors, who ordered a biopsy.
She revealed that she had stage 1 skin cancer – medically called squamous cell carcinoma – as well as a human papillomavirus infection in the wound.
HPV can cause cancer when the infection persists 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. What made Ms. Garcia’s case unusual, however, was the appearance of an HPV infection in the cut on her fingernail.
“Genital warts are generally to blame,” Dr. Shari Lipner, MD, a dermatologist at Cornell University in New York City, told DailyMail.com. [for carrying HPV].
It must be a piece of equipment that has come into contact with the genital wart and has not been sterilized.
The patient’s dermatologist Dr. Teo Slimani, of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), added: ‘In general, the strains that cause cancer from an HPV point of view tend to be sexually transmitted.
In Grace’s case, she was injured, which became the entry gate.
“So the thick skin that we have on our hands and our feet that acts as a natural barrier against infection and things like that. [But for Ms Garcia] That was no longer the case, and the virus was able to 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 much of the skin.
The cancer has not spread to other areas of the body.
Ms. Garcia did not require further treatment, but now she needs to see a dermatologist regularly for checkups.
Doctors suggest that HPV may have gotten into the wound if she was having a manicure with equipment that was not previously sterilized.
There is no evidence at this time that the equipment used in her treatment was not sterilized.