Since skin cancer is often associated with excess sun and UV light exposure, we don’t often think about the possibility of getting cancer on our feet. But there are other possible factors that can cause skin cancer even without sun exposure.
Since cancer on your feet can resemble other skin problems, such as blisters and warts, make certain to get an evaluation from your podiatrist. Melanoma that goes undetected can quickly spread to other parts of the body and may be fatal.
Some factors that may increase your chances of getting cancer on your feet include:
- Hereditary influences—If you were born with light colored skin and eyes, you have less melanin in your skin cells. This can increase the dangers of sun and chemical exposure.
- Environmental toxins—Chemical toxins in the environment such as car exhaust and power plant emissions can damage your skin causing mutations to your DNA that may turn into cancerous growths.
- Immune system failure— HPV and HIV infections may cause you to have difficulty expelling damaged cells due to the poor immune system response. Individuals who have undergone transplant surgery or immunosuppressant therapy may also have difficulty combating cancerous cells.
Skin cancer on your feet can look like other foot problems including ulcers and fungal toenails. Be sure to have any skin and toenail abnormalities evaluated by your foot doctor. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, our podiatrist, 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 a 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.