You Can Get Skin Cancer on Your Feet


UV light exposure is not the only factor involved in developing cancerous skin lesions. So while most feet may rarely be exposed to the sun, they can still get cancerous growths. You can even get cancer underneath your toenails and on the bottoms of your feet. People with fair skin and eyes are more susceptible to developing skin lesions and tumors. 

Since possibly fatal skin cancers like melanoma can look a lot like other skin conditions on your feet, including warts and blisters, you should have them evaluated by your podiatrist to be sure. 

Risk factors that may increase your chances of getting skin cancer on your feet include the following: 

  1. Immune system dysfunction—Viral infections such as AIDS and other systemic diseases can decrease the effectiveness of your immune system and cancerous cells are less likely to be removed. Patients undergoing complicated surgery are also subject to having their immune system compromised, which can increase the development of tumors. 

  2. Exposure to harsh chemicals and contaminants—Exposure to toxic chemicals that burn or damage the skin can alter the DNA in your skin cells causing malignancies to develop. Environmental toxins like air pollution can also be a risk factor for developing cancer. 

If you have any skin lesions on your feet or ankles, see your foot doctor for a proper evaluation. 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.