posted: May 24, 2021.
We’re on the brink of summer at NextGen Foot & Ankle Care Centers and know our Glendale patients can’t wait to get out and enjoy some summer fun. Before you do, we want to remind you to be vigilant about protecting your skin and detecting potentially dangerous changes. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. This year’s campaign, called “The Big See,” is because skin cancer is cancer you can see.
Did you know skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S.? Estimates are 2 people die of skin cancer every hour and that 1 in 5 people will get some form of skin cancer by the time they reach the age of 70. However, skin cancer is one of the most curable cancers, especially if you catch it in its earliest stages.
It’s essential to take the same care of the skin on your feet as on the rest of your body. Often, patients neglect to put sunscreen on their feet or consider them a place to develop skin cancer. It usually means those skin cancers that form on the feet are not detected until they have reached an advanced stage.
One of the best ways to detect skin cancer early is by getting in the habit of inspecting the skin on your feet (and the rest of your body) regularly. The Skin Cancer Foundation is urging patients to look for the Big 3:
- NEW—what’s that spot between my toes? I don’t remember seeing that the last time I checked my feet. Any new blemishes, moles or freckles that appear (especially if you’re over age 21) should be evaluated by a doctor promptly.
- CHANGING—that looks different. If a spot you noticed previously seems to be getting bigger, changing colors, getting bumpy, or morphing in some other way, this can be a signal that a cancer is developing.
- UNUSUAL—this spot is weird. If a mole or freckle starts to hurt, itch, bleed, or feel crusty for more than 3 weeks, get it checked out.
In many instances, the above signs on your feet may not mean cancer, but it’s always better to be safe when it comes to skin cancer. If you see anything concerning on your feet, don’t hesitate to contact our offices in Glendale (818) 416-3668, South Pasadena (818) 779-6140, or Glendale (818) 756-3338 and let our podiatrists, Dr. Samvel Keshishyan, Dr. Samvel Keshishyan, and Dr. Samvel Keshishyan evaluate your skin spots.