My Story. In November of 2011 I went to get a manicure. The tech told me how strong my nails were and kinda curvy. I took notice, my nails had never had any curve to them. I went to see my Dr in April and asked about this. She talked about clubbing, but said I did not appear to have that problem. I was completely symptom free, healthy, exercise regularly, non smoker. I was dismissed. In October I returned to the dr for an unrelated issue. Again pointed out my nails, again no other symptoms of any kind of illness at all. She looked at my nails and sent me for an X-ray that day. Then on to a CT scan, bronchoscopy (that came back negative), pet scan, CT led needle biopsy, brain MRI, and bone scan. All done over a 1.5 month span. Diagnosis, lung cancer, non small cell stage 1b. I had a lobectomy done on Dec 27. Ended up being no big deal at all for me, thankfully. The surgeon did it with the VATS method. No further treatment is needed, I was told. I asked to see X-rays and scans, because I needed to actually see my cancer, because I was the picture of health, and had to wrap my head around the fact I had cancer. So I have told anyone I can, pay attention to your body. Also, I really feel my pcp should have requested the X-ray the first time I showed her my nails, or I should have insisted. My surgeon said nail clubbing is always a sign of lung or heart distress. I have learned the hard way to really be my own health advocate. It is believed the cancer had been there several years.