Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and it can spread quickly, making it imperative to be caught and treated as early as possible. Knowing the warning signs and how to check for skin cancer is your best form of protection.
First, make a point to do a whole body examination at least once a month, more often if your doctor recommends so. If you are unable to look at certain areas, enlist a friend or family member to help. It is not often that people take the time to examine their feet. For this reason, when melanoma is found on feet it is often at an aggressive stage. Keep in mind the ABCDE’s of melanoma: Asymmetry (one half looks different), Borders (irregular or scalloped), Color (has different shades), Diameter (greater than the size of a pencil eraser), and Evolving (the spot looks different or is changing).
If you have any questions or concerns about a spot on your skin, do not wait to seek diagnosis and treatment. Contact Richardson Podiatry Associates to make an appointment with Dr. Gene Reister. You can reach our Richardson, TX, office by calling (972) 690-5374.
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