Check Your Feet for Skin Cancer
Many people think of skin cancer as something caused by excess sun and UV light exposure and that those who have fair skin and hair are more susceptible. While sun exposure to most people’s fit is generally limited, their other factors that can contribute to getting a malignant tumor on your foot.
Other factors that increase skin cancer risks include the following:
Having a weakened immune system —Viral infections such as HIV or HPV (human papillomavirus) and other bacterial or fungal infections can weaken your immune system which makes it harder for your body to defend against malignant growths. Some types of melanoma grow on the soles of the feet and possibly underneath the toenails which can make them very hard to detect without the help of your foot doctor.
Chemical exposure—Being exposed to harsh chemicals and environmental pollutants can damage the DNA in the skin by the stinging and burning. Products like paint removers and power plant emissions are prime culprits.
Melanoma is difficult to detect since it can resemble other skin conditions like warts, blisters, and moles. Since melanoma grows inward rather than spreading across the surface of the skin, it can reach blood vessels and lymph nodes and spread to other areas.
Melanomas can also have the same appearance as foot ulcers and other lesions so be sure to see your foot doctor for the correct diagnosis and treatment. At E.J. Nemet Podiatry in Twinsburg, E.J. Nemet, DPM, treats a variety of foot and ankle conditions, including sports injuries, pediatric foot problems, diabetic foot complications, nerve disorders, and toenail and skin conditions.
With advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Dr. Nemet provides expert and compassionate care to patients in the Twinsburg and Beachwood areas. To contact us or to schedule an appointment, please call (234) 212-9940.