Many people do not think about their feet when applying sunscreen, but did you know that the skin on your feet is highly susceptible to melanoma and other forms of skin cancer? Podiatrists and Dermatologists alike warn that skin cancer of the foot is prevalent and can even be fatal if not caught early.
While all types of skin cancer, including squamous cell and basal cell carcinoma, can be found on the foot, the most common is the most serious form, melanoma. Symptoms can be as subtle as an abnormal-looking mole or freckle found anywhere on the foot, and often go unnoticed without routine foot exams.
Dr. Larson & Dr. Doyle offer these tips to keep your feet safe this summer:
- Lather up with sunscreen from head to toe-literally-when at the pool or beach to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun.
- Check your feet and toes regularly for symptoms such as an abnormal-looking mole or freckle anywhere on the foot – even under toenails and on your soles.
- Look for moles or freckles that change in size or shape. If you notice anything suspicious, promptly schedule an appointment with your foot and ankle specialist to have the mark examined.
- Schedule routine foot exams with one of the doctors at Sole Foot and Ankle Specialists so they can keep track of suspicious, changing marks. Give us a call today (602) 938-3600.