14 Dec 2016 Have You Had Your Moles Checked?
As our feet come out of hiding after months of cold weather, this is the perfect time to check your’s and your children’s feet for moles. Sometimes moles can be mistaken for more serious conditions like Melanoma. When Melanoma is found on the foot, survival rates are dramatically lower with the majority of the reason, more often then not, is because it goes unnoticed. A mole on the bottom of your foot does not always mean it is Melanoma but it’s best to be overly cautious and get it examined as soon as possible than letting it go unchecked.
What do moles look like?
Moles can appear a variety of ways. They can range in colour from brown to black and their shape and size can vary from one another. Majority of moles are flat, relatively even in size and take on a light brown colour.
Benign mole VS Melanoma?
The following algorithm will help you differentiate between a Benign Mole to a Cancerous one.
ABCDEs of Moles
- One half of the mole does not match the other
- Edges are blurred, smudgy
- Has different colours e.g. black, blue, white, red
- Larger than the diameter of a pencil
- Changing in size, colour or shape
Where should you be looking?
- Between toes
- Soles of feet
- Under toenails
How often should you check?
Every 3 months or more frequently if there is a history of melanoma or if you are in your 50s and older. Feet are the most neglected part of the body. As such, cancers found on the foot often go unnoticed and are diagnosed too late. Be vigilant and keep your feet cancer free within the whole of your family!
If you want to make an appointment with one of our friendly podiatrists for either yourself or your child, you can call us today on 8645 9845 or alternatively you can make an online booking here.