May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. It’s time to inspect your feet and ankles for any unusual signs! Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer, but people don’t always take it as seriously until they’re faced with a diagnosis. Luckily, skin cancer is the most preventable form and that mostly comes from the fact that you’re able to see any changes to your skin. Catching skin cancer early on increases your survival rate. So, if you notice anything unusual, call your podiatrist! Here are some of the top signs to keep an eye on.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the risk of developing melanoma doubles if you have a history of five or more sunburns. Are you more prone to sunburn? If so, it’s crucial that you prevent this as often as possible by applying sunscreen regularly. Other tips include…
- Take care of your sunburn as soon as you notice them.
- Change any skin care habits (apply sunscreen more regularly, switch to a higher SPF, etc.)
- Check your skin more often.
Reduce your risk for skin cancer by protecting your skin year-round, even in the winter. Sun rays can still affect you, no matter the season! Always wear sunscreen, stay in the shade, and avoid tanning beds.
Have you noticed any new moles or skin lesions? Pay close attention! Even if they’re subtle, it’s a good idea to call your podiatrist for a checkup. Early detection can help prevent any skin cancer disasters.
- Don’t ignore changes.
- Call your doctor with any questions or concerns.
- Watch for changes in texture, color, shape, and size.
Moles come and go, but it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on them. After we turn 21, you should check out any new moles.
- Inspect your skin from head to toe often.
- Trust your gut and call us if you suspect anything unusual.
- Inspect your feet daily and take note of any changes.
At Advanced Foot Care of NJ, LLC, Dr. Anant Joshi and his staff treat a range of conditions and are committed to providing results. To schedule an appointment, contact his office in Woodland Park, NJ, at 973-256-0002.