Skin Cancers of the Feet

Skin cancers of the feet have several features in common. Most are painless and often have a history of cracking, bleedng, or ulceration. Frequently individuals discover their skin cancer after unrelated ailments near the affected site. Some of the most common skin cancers of the feet are:                                                                                                                                                                                        

Basal Cell Carcinoma is  generally seen on areas exposed to the sun.This form is one of the least aggressive forms of cancer. Basal cell cancers may appear as a pearly white bump or patch which may ooze or crack.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer of the feet. This form of cancer often begins as a scaly bump or plaque, which may appear inflamed. Although squamous cell cancer is painless it may be itchy. It may resemble a wart,eczema or ulcer or other skin lesions.

Malignant Melanoma is one of the deadliest skin cancers known. Nonsurgical treatment is rarely effective. This type of cancer must be detected early to ensure patient survival. Melanomas occur on the skin and occasionally under a toenail.  They are found on the soles and top of the feet.  This cancer commonly begins as a small brown or black spot or bump.  About one third of the cases will lack the brown pigment and appear red or pink.  They may resemble common moles, however close inspection will reveal asymmety, irregular borders, alteration in color and or a diameter greater than 6 mm.  Since these lesions can be very lethal, early detection and treatment can not be emphasized enough.

In conclusion, make it a point to inspect your feet and legs regularly and seek treatment if you notice any new skin lesions or changes in existing lesions.

Dr William A Sachs



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