Summer is officially upon us, and living in the Coachella Valley we know what that means. The summer sun is brighter and hotter than any other time of the year, and we need to protect our skin against cancer. Many times we forget that this includes our feet as well.
Skin cancer is a very big problem in this country. It affects many Americans each year, but it can be treated fairly easily if caught early. This is why self-checks are so important. You are the first line of defense in treating this disease. When you check your moles or other spots on your skin, just follow your “ABCDEs” and look for the following things: Asymmetry, abnormal Borders, Color changes, large Diameter, and whether or not it is Evolving. If you notice any of these attributes you should make an appointment with a medical professional immediately.
Looking for problems is the best way to make sure treatment is administered quickly, but you should also be thinking about skin cancer prevention. People often forget that their feet are just as susceptible to sun exposure as the rest of their body. If you are going to be in sandals or barefoot, make sure you apply sunscreen and continue to reapply throughout the day. Otherwise, keep your feet inside shoes or in the shade as much as possible. As mentioned above, check your feet daily (even in between the toes and by the nail beds). Catching skin changes early can mean the difference between life and death.
If you have questions about treating a suspicious mole or would like to have your feet examined, call Dr. Harvey Danciger at (760) 568-0108 to schedule an appointment at our Palm Desert, CA office. We want you to be happy and healthy and that should start with your feet.
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