PCNVOnline.comAccording to Dr. William Knudson, skin cancer of the foot can sometimes be fatal. While any type of skin cancer can be found on a person’s foot, the most common is melanoma. Unfortunately, melanoma is also the most serious form of skin cancer. Dr. Knudson provides patients and the general public as a whole with helpful tips that may ward off this troubling health issue.

Q: What are the telltale signs of skin cancer?

Dr. William Knudson: Look for freckles or moles that change in shape or size, even on the soles of the feet and under the toenails. If something suspicious appears, visit your doctor immediately.

Q: What other forms of skin cancer are most common among the population?

Dr. William Knudson: Other forms include basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Many symptoms of skin cancer can go unnoticed without regular exams. Although prolonged exposure to the sun is the primary cause of skin cancer, other causes may include light skin color, aging, tobacco use, artificial UV radiation, environmental carcinogens, HPV infections and certain genetic disorders.

Q: What’s the best way for people to ensure proper foot health?

Dr. William Knudson: Scheduling routine exams with a podiatrist can help an individual keep track of any possible changes. In order to ensure proper treatment, early diagnosis is important. Many people fail to detect the warning signs or take precautions and that is why skin cancer is often diagnosed in the latter stages.

Q: Besides routine checkups, how can people avoid the onset of skin cancer?

Dr. William Knudson: Another piece of advice is to use a liberal amount of sunscreen when at the beach or pool to protect the skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Many people are unaware that sunscreen should also be applied on the feet. For further details about ankle and foot health information, visit the website for the American College of Foot and Ankle Specialists.