Podiatrists’ Role in Identifying Skin Cancers
It is important to provide patients with a thorough skin examination of the lower extremities. Early detection through diagnostic testing is recommended.
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, a person waits 2.2 years from the onset of their symptoms until diagnosis of subungual melanoma. Melanoma can take many shapes, and can spread earlier and more quickly than other skin cancers. It can often be missed on the lower extremities. Incorporating a thorough lower extremity skin examination at every patient visit can save a life.
In 2021, biopsy specimens submitted to the BakoDx team of dermatopathologists resulted in the diagnosis of 1,409 malignancies. Will you be the physician who identifies the next malignancy?