Skin Cancer Can Affect Your Feet

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People often think of skin cancer as something that is caused by excessive sun exposure, and since our feet don’t usually get much sun exposure, we often overlook the possibility of developing skin cancer on our feet. While a majority of skin cancers are caused by ultraviolet light damage, other factors can contribute to cancer formation including heredity, harmful chemical exposures, and a weak immune system.

Some causes of skin cancer

Burns from chemicals can alter the DNA in skin cells, causing a malignant tumor to develop. The human papillomavirus and systemic infections can limit your body’s ability to repair and remove damaged skin cells, making tumors more likely. An aggressive form of skin cancer, acral lentiginous melanoma, develops without sun exposure and is frequently found on the soles of the feet or under the toenails.

A growth could be a malignant melanoma

Since melanomas can often look like other foot abnormalities including moles, plantar warts, fungal toenails, and blood blisters, it is essential to have any skin or nail irregularities inspected by your foot care specialist.

Melanoma can become a very serious problem because it grows into the lower layers of skin rather than spreading across the surface, making it more difficult to detect. The cancer cells can then spread to the blood vessels and lymphatic system and throughout the body.

If you are concerned about an unusual looking growth on your foot, see your foot specialist for the proper diagnosis and treatment. At Monroe Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155 for an appointment.