Skin Cancer is on the rise in the U.S., with one of the most serious forms of skin cancer (Melanoma) ranking as the most common foot malignancy. Melanomas on the foot are often misdiagnosed and more dangerous because they go undetected and untreated longer than those in easier – to – spot locations.
Melanomas can occur anywhere on the foot, including under a toenail. They most often appear as pigmented lesions. Similar to other skin cancers, excessive unprotected sun exposure, a family history of skin cancer, numerous moles on the body and having fair skin, blue eyes or red hair can put you at risk. Even people normally at low risk for skin cancer can develop melanomas on their feet.
If you notice any pigmented or unusual lesion on your foot, under a toenail or on the bottoms of your feet, make an appointment with our office to be checked out.