Can you get skin cancer on your feet?
Did you know it’s possible to get skin cancer on your feet? Malignant melanomas aren’t reserved just for areas that are frequently exposed to the sun, like the face, scalp and arms. When skin cancer pops up on your feet and legs, it often remains unspotted and undiagnosed. Out of sight, out of mind. But you don’t want to take that chance when it comes to cancer.
If you have any suspicious lesions or skin spots on your feet or lower legs, call our office for an evaluation. We can take a look and perform a biopsy, if necessary, to make sure it’s not cancerous.
Do not assume a spot that’s been there a long time must be fine, because that’s not always the case. Normal little lesions can become malignant over time. It’s also a good idea to get any moles checked out that have grown in size, become irregularly shaped, or that aren’t uniformly one color.
Biopsies aren’t a big deal, so don’t let the worry keep you away. We perform them in the office, and will numb the area first. The biopsy is relatively simple and involves scraping off a small section and sending it to a lab for evaluation. Most biopsies come back normal within just a few days. And you’ll leave the office with nothing more than a bandaid and some antibiotic cream.
But if it comes back positive, meaning it’s malignant, the whole lesion will need to be removed and further evaluated.
If you notice any odd moles, bumps or uneven patches on the skin of your feet, ankles or legs, give us a call. It’s important to get that checked out.