A Possible Mechanical Risk for Melanoma of the Foot

Can walking or running increase the risk of the skin cancer melanoma on your feet?

ANew England Journal of Medicine recent study out of Japan suggests that repetitive mechanical stress and pressure on our feet might increase the risk of melanoma.  They found a higher number of cases of melanoma in areas of more pressure such as the heel and the ball of the foot and a lower number of cases in areas of less pressure such as the arch.  This was published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine.

This is a good reminder to inspect your feet during routine skin cancer exams.