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Malignant Melanoma of the Foot

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What is Malignant Melanoma of the Foot?

Malignant melanoma is skin cancer that spreads and grows beneath the skin’s surface. It can affect people of all ages and is caused by overexposure of ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun or tanning beds. Fair skin, numerous moles, and blistering sunburns increase the risk of malignant melanoma. Unfortunately, malignant melanoma of the foot is often not detected in the early stage, when treatment is most effective.

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Symptoms

There are four main indicators of malignant melanoma:

  • Asymmetry
  • Irregular border
  • Mix of colors and shades
  • A mole that grows in diameter

Prevention

Prevention and early detection of malignant melanoma of the foot is important for treatment.

  • Wear sunscreen on areas of the foot not covered by your shoes
  • Inspect your feet regularly to check for moles or changes
  • Remove nail polish frequently to inspect the skin under your toenails
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