While many people think that developing cancer on your feet is unlikely (due to the usual lack of exposure to sun and UV rays), your feet are susceptible to developing certain types of cancer. All the more worrisome is the fact that cancers on the feet often go undetected until cancer has spread, making them potentially much more deadly.
Cancers on the feet can look like other skin conditions like warts and moles. Some cancers can even grow underneath your toenails, where it can be mistaken for toenail fungus, so be sure to have your foot doctor take a look.
3 types of cancer that can affect the feet include the following:
- Malignant melanoma—This is one of the most dangerous types of cancer since the cancerous cells often grow inward and unseen.
- Basal cell carcinoma—This is a more slowly developing type of cancer that may initially show up as waxy looking pink or white bumps that can be mistaken for warts by the untrained eye. As the tumors grow, they develop a crusty look and may bleed, but they don’t usually cause any discomfort.
- Squamous cell cancer—The telltale sign of this type of cancer is a horn-like protrusion from the skin.
Detecting the signs of cancer early is essential for effective treatment, especially with aggressive cancers like melanoma that can rapidly spread to other areas of the body once it has reached your lymph nodes and circulatory system.
If you have any suspicious-looking lesions on your feet and ankles, make sure to have them checked out by your podiatrist. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions, including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high-quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.