Skin Cancer Affects Feet

Sun tanning is a national pastime but statistics reveal the damaging effect: in the past 50 years, the incidence of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, has risen nearly 800%!

Basal cell carcinoma is the most frequently occurring form of skin cancer. It is most common in people with fair complexions and those with prolonged exposure to the sun, such as farmers and fishermen. It usually occurs after the age of 40.

The skin lesions are usually slow growing and without symptoms. Sometimes an ulceration or sore results, which may frequently bleed. The cancer is typically hard, round or oval in shape and has a raised pearly or shiny border. The color is commonly pink or red but may also show hints of brown, black or blue-black which is more common on the top of the foot.

There are a variety of treatment alternatives that depend on the type of cancer, location and age of the patient. Initially, a biopsy of all suspected tumors is essential. Surgical removal, radiation, microscopic surgery and freeze therapy are frequently utilized treatments. Following the proper treatment guidelines can result in an up to 95% cure rate.

Careful self-examinations on a monthly basis are an excellent way to identify unusual lesions in their early stages. Using a mirror will help to visualize some tough to see areas, such as the bottom or sides of your feet. Contact your podiatrist for suspicious lesions on your feet or ankles for prompt identification and appropriate treatment.

Alexandra Buk, DPM

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