One may not think that skin cancer affects the feet that much since they’re rarely exposed to the sun. Sun exposure is not the only possible cause of skin cancer, though. Other causes include viruses and exposure to certain chemicals. Texas residents who suspect cancer on their feet should see the only person qualified to judge: a podiatrist.
There are three common types of foot cancer. Basal cell carcinoma is caused by sun exposure, so the risk for getting this on the feet is low but far from non-existent. This cancer affects the basal layer of the skin, or the innermost layer of the epidermis, and rarely spreads beyond the skin. The cancer may resemble a benign tumor or ulcer.
Squamous cell carcinoma, the most common of the three, can spread throughout the body in its more advanced stages. Patients may experience inflammation along with a cracking and bleeding of the skin. The cancer can be mistaken for any number of foot conditions — plantar warts, ulcers, eczema, etc.
The third and deadliest, malignant melanoma, must be detected early or there’s little hope for survival. Patients should regularly check for lesions that are asymmetrical, ragged at the edges, multi-colored and wider than a pencil eraser. The podiatrist will likely perform a skin biopsy to confirm that the lesion is melanoma.
As the above information suggests, foot cancer can be difficult to diagnose. Misdiagnoses or delayed diagnoses, in these cases, can have serious consequences for the patient. There is a way for such patients to be compensated for losses that they incurred through no fault of their own, and that’s to file a medical malpractice claim. If a patient dies, then a family may consider filing a claim. In either case, it could be wise to seek out legal counsel.