Can I get skin cancer on my feet?

Cancer can appear anywhere on your body, and your feet are no exception. They may not get as much sun exposure as your head or arms, but your feet can get basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma from too much sun, too. Fortunately, these types of skin cancer are usually slower growing and fairly easy to treat.

A more serious skin cancer on your feet is melanoma. That’s because it is often not caught soon enough for treatment to be effective—as little as half of the patients may survive after diagnosis.

As podiatrists, we strongly encourage you to cover up, use sunscreen, and check your feet closely every month for anything unusual. You’ll soon know what your feet normally look like and can quickly tell if something doesn’t seem right. This includes blue or black pigment, moles that change, sores that don’t heal, redness or scaly patches that spread, and cracking or bleeding.

Don’t wait to contact us if you notice a suspicious spot on your feet. You can call the Wheat Ridge, Golden, Evergreen, or Granby, CO offices of Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle Center at (303) 423-2520 or fill out our online contact form for an appointment.