May is National Skin Cancer Awareness month. There are places on the body that people don’t consider when they think of cancer, and skin cancer in the feet is one of them. Since our feet are at the bottom of our bodies and usually tucked away in shoes, we typically forget that they are just as susceptible to cancer as the rest of us.
Three of the most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma. Basal and squamous cell carcinomas are more commonly seen, but melanoma is the most life threatening. It’s crucial that melanoma be caught early to increase survival chances. One of the most important things we can do for our feet is to look at them. Checking your feet daily could alert you to a suspicious mole or discoloration. When you look at a suspicious spot on your feet, check for the following things: asymmetry, ragged borders, different colors, and the size of the mole. Check every part of your feet, including in between your toes and around your nails.
Prevention of cancer is so important. Just as with skin on the rest of your body, make sure you limit the amount of time your feet spend in the sun. During the upcoming summer months, you may like to wear less protective wear on your feet, but wearing socks and shoes is important. If you do choose to wear sandals or flip-flops on a regular basis, make sure to apply sunscreen throughout the day.
If you notice a disconcerting mole or just want to have your feet checked, call us at 623-584-5556 today to schedule an appointment. At Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ we are dedicated to helping you stay healthy from heel to toe.
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