May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s time to talk about the skin on your feet and ankles. Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer. It is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. One of the benefits of daily foot inspections is that you have a chance to notice any changes to your skin. Catching these differences early increases the survival rate.
Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari of the Carrollton Foot Center provides patients with the knowledge they need to make confident decisions about their skin health. Do you know when to call a podiatrist about your skin? We know it can be easy to make an appointment about foot pain or another injury. We want it to be just as easy to pick up the phone and call us about a new mole on your ankle.
Here are three changes to monitor on your skin:
New moles after the age of 21
Moles can come and go, but watch out for new ones. After age 21, new moles on our skin should catch our attention.
- Inspect your skin from head to toe each month
- Trust your gut; call us about new moles
- Inspect your feet daily and take pictures of recent changes
Skin lesion changes
If you have a mole or another skin lesion, we want you to pay attention. Have you noticed any changes? Even if they are subtle, we want to know. Detecting changes early can help with diagnosis and treatment.
- Don’t dismiss changes
- Visit a doctor for a professional opinion
- Watch for changes to texture, color, shape, and size
Do you have frequent sunburns? There is a risk involved with each one, and we encourage you to apply sunscreen regularly. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the risk of developing melanoma doubles if you have a history of five or more sunburns.
- Care for your sunburns promptly
- Determine what needs to change (sunscreen quality, for example)
- Check your skin more regularly
Reduce your risk for skin cancer by protecting your skin year-round. Always wear sunscreen, stay in the shade, and never use tanning beds. If you have questions about skin changes, we’re here to help.
Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari, is here to help. She treats a variety of conditions such as bunions, corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, plantar fasciitis, and more. We also offer advanced surgical solutions. Our team provides excellent service to patients in Denton, Dallas, and Collins counties. Contact our office at (469) 998-3668 for your foot and ankle solutions. Our office is at 4221 Medical Parkway, STE 450, in Carrollton, TX.