While giving myself a home pedicure in January, 2010; I noticed something on the bottom of my foot. I had never seen it before, and thought to myself, “Hmmmm, that’s different”. It was just a new mole, I have had them before. However, I thought this was an unusual location.
My strong interest in early detection of skin cancer began when everyone, and I mean everyone, I came across would ask me this question: “How did you find it?” Of course, not everyone does their own pedicures. Also, some people do not have the flexibility or the eyesight to see the bottom of their feet. I attack this problem in the Skin Cancer Self-Exam workbook.
People don’t think to look for skin cancer on the bottom of their feet or between their toes, because it is a popular myth that we only get skin cancer on areas that are exposed to the sun. However, I was still surprised and alarmed by how many people asked the question. Is it no wonder that melanomas found at the bottom of the feet or between the toes has a 52% survival rate? No one looks there, and, therefore, the cancer has time to grow before being seen. Early detection is the key!