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By Varun Gujral
September 12, 2013
Category: Melanoma

September is pediatric cancer awareness month! In honor of this month we are going to talk about what types of cancer can be seen in the pediatric foot. The most commonly seen form of cancer is skin cancer and a less common form is bone cancer. When it comes to skin cancer many of us don’t think to look at the skin on our feet, mostly because they are covered up with shoes a majority of the time! However in the summer months kids are running around barefoot or in sandals, exposing their skin to the UV light from the sun. Seeing skin cancer on the feet is not very common and seeing it in a child is even less common, however it does happen.

When inspecting your child’s feet it is important to look for the following signs that indicate a possible melanoma. Look for a mole or freckle, check its color, shape and edges, symmetry and if it is bumpy or not. Skin cancer is typically a raised, multicolored, asymmetrical, irregular shaped mole. A melanoma can sometimes also occur under a nail. If this happens the nail will look discolored, usually a dark color, and could be tender.

If you notice a weird looking mole on your child’s feet take them to your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ. One of our podiatrists will take a small sample of the mole to test and see if it is cancer. When it comes to something like skin cancer it is important to get strange things checked out right away, it is always better to be safe than sorry; and when it comes to your child’s health no hesitation should be taken.

For the parent, here a few tips to help keep your child’s skin healthy! Always use sunscreen with a high SPF, make sure to cover all skin, even the tops of their feet if wearing sandals. And even better than sunscreen for the feet is wearing shoes that cover their feet. Either way the UV rays will be blocked from your child’s skin!

By Varun Gujral

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