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How Skin Cancer Appears on Feet

Squamous cell skin cancer on foot

While skin cancer is most common on the upper body, skin cancer on the foot is possible as well, especially since many people forget to apply sunscreen to their feet and toes. Taking care of the skin on your feet is just as important as any other body part, so let’s take a look at what early-stage skin cancer on the feet looks like and what you can do to protect yourself. Whether it’s a mole on the foot that has always been there, or something new, don’t ignore it.

Skin Cancer on Foot or Toe

Three forms of skin cancer can appear anywhere on the body, including the feet, toes, and ankles, which include: 

  • Basal Cell Skin Cancer: As the most common type of skin cancer, basal cell skin cancer can appear in a variety of ways. Skin cancer on the foot may look like pearly white patches that may or may not ooze. 
  • Squamous Cell Skin Cancer: This second most common form may resemble many other affiliations associated with the foot, including plantar warts and fungal infections. Small, scaly bumps that crack or bleed are possible, as well as hard calluses along the feet or toes. 
  • Melanoma: Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer as it’s more likely to spread to surrounding body parts. Melanoma can appear on both the tops of soles of feet, and often starts as a dark brown or black spot resembling moles on the foot. From there, it may change in size, shape, and color, expanding its borders in an irregular pattern. 

While skin cancer on the toe or foot can be caused by too much sunlight exposure, this particular area of the body may also see cancer development through other factors, such as:

  • Certain viruses
  • Exposure to harmful chemicals
  • Chronic inflammation 
  • Genetic makeup 

Early-Stage Skin Cancer on Foot 

Feet are sometimes overlooked during physical exams, and with certain skin cancers mimicking the appearance of other issues, or simply moles on the foot, it can be more difficult to diagnose skin cancer on your feet. Skin cancer may or may not come with physical discomforts, such as itching or sensitivity. When is it time to seek professional help? Patients who are experiencing sores or wounds that crack or bleed and refuse to heal may have early stage skin cancer on their foot, and should schedule a visit with a podiatrist or dermatologist as soon as possible. 

Learn About Treatment for Skin Cancer on Feet With GentleCure™

If you’ve received a skin cancer on foot or toe diagnosis, you do have treatment options. Image Guided Superficial Radiotherapy is a surgery-free treatment for common skin cancer. Want to learn more? Our skin cancer information specialists can answer your questions. Contact us online or call us at 855-936-4411 and discover how it works today.

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