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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Protect Your Feet from Skin Cancer | 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

Protect Your Feet from Skin Cancer
 

Did you know that according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, melanoma is the most common malignancy found on the ankle or foot and also the most likely to be missed or misdiagnosed compared to those found on other parts of the body? One study reported that the survival rate for melanoma of the ankle or foot is only 52% compared with an 85% survival rate for people with melanomas on other parts of the body. This is largely due to the fact that patients don’t notice melanoma on their feet or ankles until it has progressed significantly. At Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists we want our patients to be informed about this important health concern.

Don’t Get Burned

You should apply sunscreen to the tops and bottoms of your feet with the same frequency that you apply it to the rest of your body when you are spending a day at the beach or pool. Also, if you wear flip flops or open sandals for extended periods you should apply sunscreen to your feet. The factors that put you at increased risk for melanoma on your feet are the same as other skin cancers:  in addition to a history of skin cancer in your family, having fair skin, blue eyes or red hair and having lots of moles on your body.

Check for Changes

Get in the habit of checking your feet regularly. Here are some tips on what to look for:

  •  Inspect your entire foot and ankle. Melanomas can develop on the top or bottom of your foot and even under a toenail.
  • Look for any new moles or freckles.
  • Note any changes to existing moles or freckles, including size, texture, color and shape.

 

Remember, melanoma will often not be painful or cause any noticeable change in feeling until it is in an advanced stage. It is always better to err on the side of caution when dealing with skin cancer. If you notice any changes, schedule an appointment at our Aberdeen office immediately by calling 732-566-2841 to see one of our podiatrists, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin, Dr. Jessica A. Addeo or Dr. Rajan Patel.

 
 
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Protect Your Feet from Skin Cancer, 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