A woman has spoken of her shock when she was diagnosed with lung cancer after sharing a photo of her curved nail on Facebook .
Jean Williams Taylor revealed that after she uploaded a picture to the social media website, she was urged to see a doctor.
She later shared her story to a local news page where she explained that although she initially thought the suggestion to seek medical advice was "a tad extreme", she went to see her doctor.
Then after several tests, she was diagnosed with cancer in both of her lungs.
The Daily Record reports that Jean, from Wigan, was told the official term for her curved nail is finger clubbing and that the condition, also known as digital clubbing or Hippocratic nails, can be a warning sign of lung or heart disease.
She wrote on the Wigan Today page: "2 weeks ago i posted this pic on my wall asking if anyone had seen nails like this. A few google post later and i was urged to go to the Doctor. A tad extreme i thought…
"I was rushed for blood tests and a chest xray, 2 days later i got a phone call to go for a CT scan, 2 days later a PET scan and more blood test, the day later a breathing test on my lungs and a scan on my heart, the day later an MRI scan then a lung biopsy.
"After a gruelling 2 weeks, yesterday I got my results… Cancer in both my lungs!!!!
"When your nails curve it’s often linked to heart and lung disease and it’s official term is "clubbing" i had no idea….Did You????
"Hope this post can help someone else in the early stages of cancer."
She added: "Big shout out to the NHS you have been excellent and I thank all the staff that have dealt with my diagnosis."
At the time of writing, the post has been shared more than 138,000 times, receiving more than 31,000 reactions and more than 14,000 comments.
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According to the NHS website: "Clubbing of the fingertips can run in families and be entirely harmless.
"However, if it suddenly develops, it may be a sign of one of many underlying medical conditions, including long-term lung disease or heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and cirrhosis of the liver.
"With clubbed fingertips, the fingernails curve over the top of the fingers. Normal nails should dip downwards towards the cuticle, creating a natural angle."
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