As fall is well underway , it is important to be mindful of the possibly damaging effects the summer sun had on your skin. Now is the time to do a “mole check” and catch melanomas early.

Melanoma is the most serious type of cancer of the skin. Each year in the United States, more than 53,600 people learn they have melanoma, and the percentage of people in the United States who develop melanoma has more than doubled in the past 30 years.

Melanomas can occur on any skin surface including feet and underneath toenails. People with fair skin, history of severe sunburn, or family history of melanoma are at higher risk of development. Often, the first sign of melanoma is a change in the size, shape, color, or feel of an existing mole.

Diagnosis can be easily achieved by a biopsy performed in the clinic and treatment can be as simple as a local excision of the cancer when caught in the early stages.

If you think you have developed a melanoma, contact Mid-South Foot and Ankle Specialist at 901-309-7700 to make an appointment today.