As restrictions on movement and activities are lifting and as the weather warms, people are venturing out more and getting some sun, so what better time to raise skin cancer awareness. Even though skin cancer is unique in that the cancerous lesions are often visible on the surface of the skin, it is often overlooked. Tumors can look very much like other skin anomalies like warts and moles and they can also grow on the bottom of the feet or under a toenail where they can go unnoticed, so be sure to have regular visits with your podiatrist.
2 types of skin cancer that can grow on your feet include the following:
- Melanoma—This is one of the most common skin cancers and when it is malignant it is one of the most aggressive and deadly that you can confront. Melanoma starts in the surface layer of the skin and is caused by excessive sun or UV light exposure. Cancer tends to grow inward instead of spreading over the surface which makes it harder to detect. If it reaches your circulatory system, it can metastasize throughout the body.
- Squamous cell tumors—This type of cancer can present as bumps that look very much like warts. They can be itchy but usually don’t cause any pain.
If you have lesions on your feet and ankles, see your foot doctor for an evaluation to rule out skin cancer. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas), is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries, and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.