Yes, you can get skin cancer in your feet. However, the most common cause isn’t the sun. The condition develops more from exposure to viruses, harmful chemicals, and chronic inflammation.
The common types of skin cancer on the feet are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma. Most of the time, the cancer stays on the skin and doesn’t spread. Squamous cell carcinoma tends to be the most common. Basal cell carcinoma is the kind caused by the sun. Malignant melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer on the feet and must be detected early to treat the condition. We diagnose several melanomas every year.
When you’re deciding whether or not to visit Dr. Brian McDowell’s office, consider the ABCDs of skin cancer.
Asymmetry: A mole or spot with one side larger than the other could spell danger.
Borders: Any spot with irregular, rough sides should be seen by a specialist.
Color: Uneven distribution in color could be a sign of cancer.
Diameter: A mole or spot larger than 6mm, or the width of a pencil eraser, may be cancerous.
If you’re unsure about a lesion on your foot, don’t hesitate to call the McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group in Carmichael, CA, at (916) 961-3434.