I know that we are in the middle of winter, albeit a warm winter, but I thought today would be a great day to discuss malignant melanoma and the feet as the groundhog did not see his shadow meaning an early spring/summer. In our office, we have posters that show pictures of skin cancers of the feet and multiple times a day patients say to us “Wow, I didn’t know you can develop skin cancer on the feet.” I am here today to tell you, YES, you can develop skin cancer on the feet.
It is common knowledge that you should protect from and inspect your skin for melanoma (skin cancer), but have you ever considered the skin on your feet? Melanoma is said to affect 1 in 5 people during their lifetimes, and the feet are by no means excluded. In fact, melanoma concentrated in the lower extremities is one of the most aggressive forms of this notorious type of cancer. Especially after many summer days at the beach, where you may have, like many others, neglected to put suntan lotion on your feet, it is necessary that you examine them thoroughly (skin cancer can even be found under the toenail!). Any lesion that seems to be deformed, discolored, or changing in size warrants a biopsy.
Many people mistake a melanoma lesion for a plantar wart, callus, or even a birthmark that they have never noticed before. Early detection is important when it comes to any form of cancer, and wrongly assuming a mark is benign can cause a dangerous delay in diagnosis. This is why it is critical to see a professional about any mark on your skin that seems suspicious.
If you are concerned about a spot on your foot, do not hesitate to call Quality Foot Care at 215-230-9707. Make an appointment at our Doylestown office today and regain your peace of mind.