In Kentucky and across the U.S., skin cancer can develop anywhere on the body, including on the feet. Often, skin cancers of the feet are painless and can be discovered by individuals while treating unrelated ailments around the area in question.

Skin cancers of the feet are typically caused by genetics, chronic inflammation or irritation, chemical exposure or viruses. Unfortunately, the skin of the feet can get overlooked during physicals, so it’s important to have a doctor check the feet carefully for irregularities during these exams.

The most common cancers of the feet are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma often occurs on areas of skin that commonly get sun exposure, so it is less common on the feet. Squamous cell carcinoma is the most frequent form of cancer seen on the feet, and it usually remains on the skin and does not spread throughout the body. Sometimes, it can spread when it is more advanced. Malignant melanoma is deadlier than other forms of foot cancer and usually occurs on the top or the sole of the foot. It can sometimes occur under a toenail, and it must be caught early to ensure survival. The “ABCDs” of a melanoma are asymmetry, borders, color and diameter.

When a medical professional makes a mistake and fails to diagnose skin cancers of the feet, the patient may be able to file a medical malpractice claim. These cases must prove the negligence of nurses, surgeons, doctors or other medical personnel. An attorney may help the patient find evidence to show that their worsening condition is a direct result of the medical professional’s negligence.