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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen May is Melanoma Awareness Month | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Katy Statler, D.P.M.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

May is Melanoma Awareness Month
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen May is Melanoma Awareness Month | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

With summer right around the corner and trips to the Jersey shore on the calendar, we at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists want to help spread awareness about this potentially deadly form of skin cancer and what it has to do with your feet. Cases of melanoma are on the rise, especially among young people. In the last 30 years the number of diagnoses of melanoma has tripled and this at a time when the rates of many other types of cancer are declining. Melanoma is highly curable when caught in the early stages but when diagnosed in a late stage, survival rates are low.

The Foot Connection

Although melanomas on the feet are not common, the ones that are found are often late stage. The reason for this is that people do not treat the skin on their feet with the same care and vigilance as the rest of their body. By taking some simple steps you can greatly reduce your and your family’s risk of melanoma:

  • Know your risk—although melanoma can strike any sex, age or race, there are some factors that put a person in a higher risk category. These include: having fair skin, light eyes, red or blonde hair, numerous moles, history of sunburn or live in an area with high amount of UV radiation, family or personal history of melanoma and a weakened immune system.
  • Protect—there is much that can be done to help prevent melanomas: wear sunscreen on your feet anytime you are going to be out in the sun (not just at the beach or pool). Be sure to reapply periodically and especially after you’ve been in the water. Don’t forget the bottoms of your feet too. Avoid tanning beds (these can increase your risk by up to 75%). Stay out of the sun during peak, midday hours.
  •  Inspect—get in the habit of examining your feet regularly, including between your toes and the soles of your feet. Use the ABCDE method to identify moles of particular concern. A-asymmetrical, B-irregular borders, C-more than one color, D-diameter bigger than a pencil eraser, E-evolving or changing as in growing larger or thicker.

 

If you do find any changes, make an appointment at our Aberdeen office as soon as possible by calling: 732-566-2841 so one of our podiatrists, Christopher J. Mullin, DPM, Jessica A. Addeo, DPM, or Rajan Patel, DPM, can examine your foot and evaluate any potentially dangerous moles.

 
 
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing May is Melanoma Awareness Month, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen