Many people know someone who has suffered from cancer. There are so many types of cancer in the world that it is hard to keep track of all the possibilities. There are three major types of cancers:

  1. Basal Cell Carcinoma
  2. Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  3. Malignant Melanoma

These three cancers plague thousands of people every day. They slowly sneak into our systems and fester until they are found. Of the three cancers, malignant Melanoma is the most aggressive cancer. It can also be the most lethal type.

Typically, skin cancers that appear on the foot are uncommon. When they do occur, they are usually not caught right away. The delayed diagnosis stems from the location of the skin cancer. Usually, our feet are hidden in socks, shoes, and are a second thought in our regular lives. Because of our feet being on the back burner, we often find problems with them a little too late. Another reason why skin cancer of the foot is often missed is because it can manifest in ways that look like other common foot conditions. These conditions include lesions, ulcers, and warts. Sometimes it’s hard to discern whether a lesion is really a cancerous lesion or an ulcer and hence the cancer diagnosis is delayed.

If you see any skin issues on your foot, you should see a podiatrist right away. It is better to get help immediately than to allow the problem to go untreated and become much more severe and potentially irreparable.


Typically, a skin lesion will be surgically removed by a highly trained podiatrist. The earlier the lesion is recognized as cancerous, the better. If cancer is caught at an early stage, it is much more likely that the patient will survive. Early stages of cancer can be treated with different courses of therapies and can potentially be cured.

If you have open wounds, lesions, ulcers, or any other condition on your foot, contact James C. Ricketti, DPM and Stephen J. Skokan, DPM of James C. Ricketti, DPM in Hamilton Square, New Jersey right away. Call 609-587-1674 or make an appointment online. Five minutes on the phone, making an appointment can make the difference of a lifetime.

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