Melanomas of the Foot

Hello, my name is Dr. Jairo Cruz Jr. of Advanced Podiatry and I’m here to talk to you a little bit today about melanomas of the foot or skin cancer of the foot.

Skin cancer, unfortunately, especially down here in Florida is very common and when it’s involving the foot, it usually presents as a small lesion that’s different colors and maybe grows in size pretty quickly over time. Usually not painful but nonetheless, is a new lesion that just pops up and patients usually come in and say, “Hey, I’ve never seen this before, so I would like to get it checked out.”

And that’s a smart thing to do because unfortunately when lesions involve the foot, they’re usually aggressive and so therefore diagnosing it earlier and treating it as early as possible is a good way to prevent any other complications regarding that lesions.

Just a few foot facts on melanomas in the foot: melanoma can be life threatening but in most cases, is a treatable cancer. There are about 1 in 40 white Americans who develop this at that rate. About 1 in 200 Hispanics and about 1 in 1,000 African Americans who develop this type of skin cancer.

Skin cancer’s the most common form of all cancers and melanoma counts for maybe about 5 percent of the skin cancers. Around 80 percent of the lesions are usually formed or usually seen or diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 74.

And women unfortunately have a higher rate of melanoma as compared to the male counterparts. In essence, the early diagnosis is the key to treating this type of problem. So, therefore, if you see any lesions on your feet, obviously come in to see us and we’ll be able to take a simple biopsy. It’s minimally invasive so therefore there’s no invasive procedure that needs to be done but just a small biopsy of the lesion will be able to tell us everything about that spot or lesion that you may have found on your foot.

If you do this early enough, we can treat it and we can essentially eradicate the disease very quickly, if we get to it early enough.

So, again, if you see any type of lesion on your foot, please don’t hesitate to come in to Advanced Podiatry. Our number is (813) 875-0555 or visit us on the web at www.thetampapodiatrist.com.