Posts for category: Skin Cancer

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
May 08, 2019
Category: Skin Cancer
Tags: cancer  

As the days get warmer many of our patients at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care can’t wait to trade boots for sandals and flip-flops. Perhaps that’s why May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a good time to review some precautions for protecting your skin from this deadly disease.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer with 5 million cases being diagnosed each year. Fortunately, 85-90 percent of the cancers are preventable if you protect yourself from the sun. Below are some tips for reducing your risk.

Do: remember that your feet are as vulnerable as the rest of your body to skin cancer. Apply sunscreen to any exposed skin about 30 minutes before going out. Even a day of site seeing or shopping in sandals or other open shoes requires this protection.

Don’t: forget to reapply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming. A broad-spectrum type that protects against UVA and UVB rays is best. Choose one with an SPF of 15 or higher.  A water-resistant type is good if you will be swimming or sweating excessively.

Do: try to avoid being in direct sun during the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.—that’s when the sun’s rays are the strongest.

Do: conduct regular self-checks of the skin on your feet (as well as the rest of your body). Don’t neglect the area between your toes.

Do: familiarize yourself with the warning signs of a mole or freckle that may be cancerous:

  • Asymmetrical shape (not the same on both sides if you were to draw a line down the middle of the mole)
  • Borders that are irregular and jagged
  • Multi-colored and mottled in appearance
  • More than ¼ inch in diameter (that’s about the size of an eraser on the end of a pencil)

Don’t: put off making an appointment with one of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah to get suspicious moles examined. Contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office by calling: 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
May 23, 2018
Category: Skin Cancer
Tags: Skin Cancer  

This weekend marks the official start of summer and we at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care know that many of our patients will be heading off to the Jersey shore to kick off the season. It’s a good time for us to recognize Skin Cancer Awareness Month and ensure that you know how to have fun in the sun and keep the skin on your feet safe at the same time. Follow the do’s and don’ts below for maximum protection.

Don’t: get a “base tan” using indoor tanning machines. People who use indoor tanning beds are 74% more likely to get melanoma than those who don’t. Indoor tanning also increases the risk of other forms of skin cancer.

Do: use a water-resistant sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays. Re-apply every two hours and immediately after swimming.

Don’t: forget to apply sunscreen to your feet even if you are not at the beach or pool but you are wearing open shoes and spending the day outside.

Do: be extra careful if you are fair-skinned. People with light skin have an increased risk of skin cancer and even one bad sunburn raises your risk of skin cancer in the future.

Don’t: skip your feet when conducting a monthly skin check for suspicious looking moles and lesions. Check the top and bottom of your feet as well as between your toes. Too often skin cancer on the feet is not caught until it is at an advanced stage because people don’t think to check there.

Do: know the signs of a potentially malignant mole or spot:

                Asymmetrical—if you drew a line down the center of mole both sides would not look the same

                Border—irregular, notched or scalloped borders on a lesion

                Color—moles that are multi-colored and mottled in appearance

                Diameter—moles that are bigger than the width of a pencil eraser

                Evolving—any changes, such as a mole bleeding, crusting over or itchy as well as anything

                different in the appearance of the lesion (size, color, shape, etc.) is cause for concern.

If you have noticed anything unusual about the skin on your feet or have questions about skin cancer, contact our New Jersey offices in Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction so that our podiatrists, Dr. Varun (Ben) Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah can take a look and determine if further testing is needed.

The sun is shining and it’s finally getting warm out! You know what that means...barbecues with the neighbors, going to the beach, and hitting the links with your friends. It also means your skin is being exposed to sun and the littlest amount of sunlight is all it takes. With sun exposure means proper skin protection and who else better to vouch for that than actor Hugh Jackman of the hit movie series X-Men. Hugh Jackman has had his bouts with skin cancer, and recently had cancer removed on his nose. Even though it was on his nose, it’s safe to say you can get cancer anywhere; including your feet!

First, the most important tip is to wear proper sunscreen. One thing people don’t realize is, even when it’s cloudy out you can still get sunburns. Before you plan on doing anything that involves being outside for extended periods of time apply a layer or two of no-less than SPF-30 sunscreen. This will help protect you from the sun and keep your skin healthy.

Second, if you do notice something “different” with your skin, get it checked early! Skin on the feet is equally as important as skin on the rest of your body and the podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ are here to make sure your skin is in tip-top shape. However, not only does cancer like your skin, it also likes your toenails. So, again, if you notice any changes in your skin or toenails, do not hesitate to make an appointment at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care today.

Lastly, don’t let the sun deter you from going outside. Sun can also be a good thing as it provides your body with an extra source of vitamin D which is needed for strong healthy bones. As always, though, if you do plan on spending a day at the beach or playing 18 holes, please remember to protect you and your skin and wear sunscreen. Hugh Jackman said it, “Tell your readers: get check-ups, wear sunscreen. It’s all about prevention.”

 By Varun Gujral


When people think of skin cancer they think of the arms, back and legs; but what about the feet? Yes, you can get skin cancer on your feet even though it seems like a very unlikely place for it to occur! Most skin cancer on the foot goes undetected for far too long and ends up being detrimental to the patient; this is because many dermatologists don’t think to check there in their exam! However your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care are well trained to inspect the foot thoroughly for any form of skin cancer.

Skin cancer on the foot doesn’t always follow the normal definitions of skin cancer; this is why it is usually undetected. Over 2 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every year, but the actual number is a lot higher than that due to so many undiagnosed cases. They can look like birth marks, ingrown toe nails or even a nail fungal infection! Yes you can develop skin cancer under your nails! It is important to check your feet every so often and look for anything that isn’t normal.

When inspecting your foot check the top, bottom, nails and between the toes. Look for any dark marks on the skin, under the nails or next to the nails. A majority of the time it’s nothing, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. The symptoms to look for when inspecting include, itching, burning feeling, cracking, bleeding or open wounds. If you do notice anything like this on your feet do not hesitate to make an appointment with your podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care, located in Edison and Monroe NJ, to get it checked out! They can take a biopsy if they think the discoloration is concerning and figure out what’s going on!

By Nrupa Shah