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We don’t normally think of our feet as being susceptible to skin cancer since they don’t tend to get a lot of sun exposure, but cancer can affect your feet. Because it often goes unnoticed, the consequences can be deadly. Check your feet for lesions regularly and bring them to the attention of your foot care professional.
3 types of skin cancer that can affect the feet and ankles include the following:
- Basal cell carcinoma—This type of cancer grows very slowly and may first appear as a pink or white bump with a waxy appearance. As this type of cancer grows, it may become encrusted and will tend to bleed. There is usually little or no pain associated with basal cell tumors.
- Squamous cell carcinoma—The squamous cells are in the upper layer of the skin. When they are affected by skin cancer, a tell-tale sign is the appearance of a horn-like protrusion.
- Malignant melanoma—Melanoma is a less common form of cancer, but since it grows inward and is hard to detect, it is the most deadly of skin cancers. The tumors can quickly extend into the circulatory system and spread the cancerous cells to other locations.
Always pay attention to any unusual swelling or abnormal growths on your feet and bring them to the attention of your foot doctor. Keep in mind that cancer can often look like other skin conditions and that catching skin cancer early is essential.
If you suspect that you may have a cancerous lesion on your foot, consult with the foot doctors at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Our team of board certified podiatrists includes Greg Khaimov, DPM, FACFAS, Daniel Pollack, DPM, FACFAS, Walter Majdanski, DPM, AACFAS, Yakov Haimof, DPM, Mathew Yagudayev, DPM, AACFAS, and Kevin Jeong, DPM. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
Your feet are actually susceptible to cancer just like other parts of your body. However, since your feet don’t usually get a lot of ultraviolet light exposure, it can be surprising to find out that skin cancer on the feet and ankle occurs quite often. Cancerous growths can resemble other conditions, so always have them evaluated by your foot doctor.
Some of the most common types of skin cancer to affect the feet include the following:
- Melanoma—This is a less common form of cancer, but since it grows inward and largely out of sight, it reaches the lymph nodes and circulatory system and spreads more rapidly throughout the body.
- Basal cell carcinoma—This cancer grows very slowly and it may initially appear as a pink or white bump with a waxy coating. As the tumor gets larger, it may become covered with a bleeding crust. There is usually no pain associated with this type of cancer, but it can still be quite deadly.
- Squamous cell carcinoma—While this is a less aggressive type of tumor, it can still be deadly if not caught early enough. The squamous cells are in the upper layer of the skin, and when they are stricken by skin cancer, the appearance of a spike or horn sticking out from the skin is often evident.
Always be on the lookout for unusual swelling and abnormal (or even normal looking) growths on your feet and ankles. By bringing them to the attention of your foot specialist, you can hopefully catch any bone or skin cancer early to prevent the tumor from spreading to other parts of the body.
If you have any lesions on your feet and ankles, consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!