3. Under a Tattoo
Unfortunately, a tattoo doesn’t provide protection against the UV rays of the sun. Tattooed skin requires sunscreen just like any other areas of skin. Furthermore, the pigments of a tattoo can hide or camouflage signs of melanoma. Apply sunscreen before spending time outside, and inspect your tattoos for any sign of bumps, moles, or discoloration. Furthermore, when considering a tattoo, choose an area of your skin free from moles or birthmarks. If this is not possible, have a doctor check your moles for signs of melanoma before having your skin tattooed.
2. Between the Toes
The American Podiatric Medical Association reports that skin cancers of the feet are more likely to be caused by exposure to viruses, chemicals, or irritants than by exposure to the sun. It is easy to neglect to inspect the skin between your toes when doing a visual check for melanoma. When examining the skin between your toes, check for scaly patches, bumps, discoloration, and sores. Cancers that may affect the feet include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma.
1. On the Bottoms of the Feet
The bottoms of the feet may also develop skin cancers associated with viruses, chemical exposure, and persistent trauma or irritation. The ABCDs of skin cancer can help you determine if a mole or discolored patch on the skin might be melanoma. The A in the ABCDs of melanoma stands for asymmetry or sides that do not match one another. B stands for borders that are ragged or uneven. C reminds you to check the color of a mole for more than one shade or irregularities in hue. D stands for a diameter that is wider than the eraser of a pencil.Related: Sun Spots and Skin Damage: Risk Factors, Prevention, and Treatment