AND YOUR FEET
SKIN CANCER & YOUR FEET
Frequently Asked Questions
For generations, people have characterized Texas by its big, open skies, expansive land, and Wild West history. Pleasanton is proud of its role in this history, as you can see at the city’s Longhorn Museum.
However, all that open, sunny sky can contribute to skin cancer changes, and your feet are not immune. Checking your feet for strange lesions can go a long way in protecting yourself.
Skin cancer can be particularly dangerous on your feet, since most people don’t notice it there until it’s too late.
Fortunately, you can do something about cancer—even melanoma—if you catch it early enough. You just have to know the signs and symptoms to tell apart a regular mole from cancerous one.
Take the next step toward happy & healthy feet and contact us today!
skin cancer & your feet
If you notice something odd don't wait to let us take care of you.
This dangerous cancer has a few tell-tale signs that can help identify it, though.
Checking your feet every day for these changes can help you get diagnosed and treated before the problem metastasizes and becomes deadly:
The shape of the lesion is abnormal, with one side that looks very different from the other.
The borders that separate the patch from normal skin are irregular. They may appear blurry, notched, ragged, or otherwise uneven.
Frequently a melanoma spot features multiple uneven colors smashed together. These can include black, brown, tan, red, or even pink.
Malignant spots grow, so the lesion may be more than six millimeters in diameter.
Any mole that seems to change from a regular bump to a large or unusually shaped one has a high risk for cancer.
The key really is, then, to
check your feet often for these changes.
THE ABNORMAL GROWTH
The key to eliminating skin cancer on your feet or ankles is to catch the problem early and begin prompt treatment. This will mean checking your feet regularly for changes.
skin cancer on your feet
Dr. Darren Silvester and the Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic staff will examine any unusual spots.
We may need to take a skin biopsy confirm the diagnosis. Once we have identified possible cancerous lesions and their types, we will begin treatment to heal your feet.
Most likely the malignant patch will need to be surgically cut away. This will prevent the tumor from spreading.
Once the spot is removed, you may need additional treatment to keep the cells from re-growing. This will depend on the type of tumor you have, as well as the severity of the condition.
Don't risk the consequences!
Skin cancer is a serious problem that needs immediate attention. Leaving it alone can cause significant damage to your lower limbs. Check your skin regularly and let Dr. Darren Silvester at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic help you treat any problems that arise.
Take the next step
to happy feet!
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