Skin Cancer on Your Feet?

Skin Cancer on Your Feet?Cancer Signs

There are several symptoms to watch for in detecting early onset of skin cancer. The lesions may have any of the following:
  • Asymmetry – The lesion is not symmetrical.
  • Borders – The outer part of the lesion is ragged or uneven.
  • Color – There is a discoloration within the lesion.
  • Diameter – The diameter of the lesion is wider than a pencil top eraser.

Other Signs of Foot Skin Cancer

  • Persistent ulcers.
  • Sores that do not seem to heal.
  • Bumps that crack and bleed.
  • Mishape nodules that can also be scaly or bumpy.
If any of these signs occur, it is critical to visit with your podiatrist. Top Scottsdale podiatrist, Mark Forman, DPM, MBA, FAPWCA is highly trained and skilled in detecting early onset of skin abnormalities in the legs and feet.

Types of Skin Cancer of the Feet

  1. Basal Cell Carcinoma- Tends to occur on exposed sun areas. It is the least aggressive skin cancer as it tends not to spread to other parts of the body. This cancer tends to appear whitish with bumps covered with crust.
  2. Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Not only is this the most common form of foot skin cancer, but it also stays locally if caught in the earlier stages.  It appears as an inflamed scaly bump that tends to crack and bleed and become itchy. It is often mistaken for plantar warts, fungal infections, eczema, an ulcer, or other common dermatological conditions of the foot.
  3. Malignant Melanoma: This is one of the deadliest skin cancers known. Early detection is critical to remove it before it becomes deadly.  It is often found both on the soles and on the tops of your feet, and even under the toenails.  As melanoma advances, it deepens in the skin and spreads throughout the body through the lymphatics and blood vessels.

Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer!

Dr. Mark Forman and his specialized team at Put Your Feet First have suggestions on how to avoid skin cancer.
  1. Avoid sunbathing and tanning salons.
  2. Sunscreen!!!! Use it daily and often, and not just in the summer months.
  3. Consistently look at your feet to ensure there are no abnormalities growing.
  4. Visit your podiatrist as soon as you detect something suspicious.
  5. If ever faced with foot skin cancer in the past, be sure to visit your podiatrist often, as melanoma can be recurrent.

Contact Us!

Whenever you are the least suspicious of any abnormality, please contact us immediately. We not only put your feet first, but we put your HEALTH first. Schedule an appointment with us via our website or make an appointment by phone: 480. 423-8400.
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