May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, which is a great time to help spread awareness of the many dangers of skin cancers. Although malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, rarely appears on the feet, it is still important to recognize the early signs. Treating melanoma early is vital for the best chances of treatment and survival.
What causes melanoma in the feet?
The sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays are often associated with skin cancer, but surprisingly, melanoma on the feet often forms on the soles or on areas that weren’t exposed to sun. Common causes on the feet are viruses, stress, chronic inflammation, and genetic disposition. If you have someone in your family who has dealt with melanoma, it’s important to stay vigilant and check your body regularly.
What are the symptoms of melanoma?
We follow the A, B, C, D, E method of checking for melanoma. This involves a mole or spot that changes in size, texture, or color. Watch out for these warning signs:
- Asymmetry – a mole or mark with an uneven shape
- Border – ragged edges around a growth
- Color – changed colors, or different colors within the mole
- Diameter – a mole over 6mm
- Evolution – a mole or growth that has changed in any way over time
You should also check with your podiatrist if you have sores that are slow to heal, persistent itchiness or redness in an area, or pigments that are spreading to surrounding areas.
A board-certified podiatrist can assess any growth or changes to help diagnose melanoma and find the right path to treatment. It’s imperative that you catch this deadly disease early. Regularly inspecting the soles of your feet and other areas are just as important as visits to your podiatrist.
At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, our professional team of board-certified podiatrists keep abreast of the most advance technologies to help diagnose and treat foot and ankle ailments. If you notice any of the previously mentioned signs of melanoma, or if you are suffering from any other foot or ankle issues, get in touch with us. Click here to schedule an appointment or call one of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices today!