Skin cancer can develop anywhere on the body, including in the lower extremities. Melanomas, the most serious skin cancer, often develops on sun exposed skin. Yet, it may also start in places that receive little sun exposure, such as your foot. Because most people never check their feet for signs of melanomas, this cancer often spreads before it’s noticed.
Melanomas may even occur beneath a toenail, of all places. This is most common in the big toes of your feet. The cancerous cells underneath the nails can look like purple, brown, or black bruises. These also may look like dark streaks that grow vertically in the nail. Unlike nail injuries where the nail eventually grows out, the streaks don’t go away. Many people will assume these changes are fungal in origin. That is another good reason to have nail changes evaluated by one of our expert podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry of Manhasset, Huntington, Plainview, or Maspeth. One of our expert podiatrists can determine if a biopsy is in order.
Remember, as Benjamin Franklin said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.
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