Skin Cancer

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You’re vigilant about checking your face, scalp, limbs and torso for suspicious moles, but do you also check your feet? Skin cancer is on the rise in the U.S., with one of the most serious forms of skin cancer—melanoma—ranking as the most common foot malignancy. Melanomas on the foot are often misdiagnosed and more dangerous because they go undetected and untreated longer than those in easier-to-spot locations. Melanomas can occur anywhere on the foot, including under a toenail. They most often appear as pigmented lesions. Similar to other skin cancers, excessive unprotected sun exposure, a family history of skin cancer, numerous moles on the body and having fair skin, blue eyes or red hair can put you at risk. Even people normally at low risk for skin cancer can develop melanomas on their feet. If you notice any pigmented or unusual lesion on your foot, under a toenail or on the bottoms of your feet, make an appointment immediately with our office. To be safe, moles or lesions on the feet that change color and shape should be removed and biopsied. Left untreated, melanomas can have serious consequences. IN THIS ISSUE: • Have You Checked Your Feet for Skin Cancer? • Tips to Avoid Storm Cleanup Foot Injuries • Protect Your Kids’ Bare Feet This Summer Have You Checked Your Feet for Skin Cancer? The ABCDs of Melanoma Detection A: Asymmetry. The shape of one half doesn’t match the other. B: Border. The edges are often ragged, notched, blurred or irregular, and the pigment may spread to the surrounding area. C: Color. The color is uneven or varies from one area to another. Shades of black, brown and tan may be present. Areas of white, red, pink, gray or blue may be seen. D: Diameter. Melanomas are usually larger than the eraser of a pencil (6 mm). Info provided by ACFAS

Information provided by The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

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