Did You Know You Can Get Skin Cancer Between Your Toes?
Yep, it’s possible. Skin cancer can appear anywhere on the body, even on your feet. So, don’t forget that they need sunscreen too. With skin cancer being the most common type of cancer, protection and early detection are keys to staying healthy. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, an estimated 178,560 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in 2018. Knowing how to detect skin cancer, and how soon you discover it, will significantly increase your chances of survival.
Identify Suspicious-Looking Moles to Prevent Cancer
Most of the time, skin cancer develops on areas heavily exposed to UV rays from the sun and tanning beds – such as the scalp, lips, ears, neck, chest, arms, hands and legs. To help identify a possibly cancerous mole at its earliest stage, examine your skin for these potential types of skin cancer:
# 1 – Basal Cell Carcinoma
As the most common form of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma forms on the outer layer of the skin, the epidermis. It appears waxy or pearly white. This type of cancer is slow growing and very rarely will spread to other areas of the body. In most cases, basal cell carcinoma will only spread to surrounding tissue in the skin or bone.
Basal cell carcinoma results from long-term, consecutive sun exposure. Common areas where you find this type include:
# 2 – Squamous Cell Carcinoma
This second most common skin cancer looks red, scaly, and wart-like. Caused by repeated exposure to harmful UV rays over a long period of time, squamous cell carcinoma will grow uncontrollably on the epidermis.
Just like basal cell carcinoma, this type can appear on areas that are heavily exposed to the sun. However, it can also form on strange areas:
- Lower lip
- Lining of organs
- Respiratory passages
#3 – The Deadliest – Melanoma
This least common type of skin cancer accounts for the most skin cancer-related deaths. It begins in the innermost layer of the skin and grows rapidly, taking over surrounding tissues. If your mole is changing in size, shape or color, it’s time to get it checked out. Like squamous cell carcinoma, it can occur anywhere, even areas that see little sun exposure. An important thing to note is that melanoma is most common on the back or head for men, and on arms and legs for women.
Check Unexpected Parts of Your Body
While it is common to find skin cancer on the scalp, neck, back, shoulders, and ears, that doesn’t mean you should limit your search to only those areas. It’s important to know that there are some unexpected areas where you can find skin cancer.
- Under finger and toenails
- Underneath the sole of your heel
- On the palm of your hand
MoleSafe Provides Peace of Mind
The MoleSafe Skin Surveillance Program is designed to find possible skin cancer lesions that can’t even be seen by your naked eye. Over 300,000 people worldwide have used MoleSafe’s screening service to examine their skin and help detect and prevent cancer at its earliest stage. You, too, can meet with our highly trained and certified melanographer for a thorough examination. Don’t wait. Contact us for your FREE Consultation today!