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A brown or dark stripe or path on the nail, or browning onto the cuticle or skin around the nail may be a sign of melanoma and should be taken seriously, especially if it's spreading to the skin.
 
Dr. Miguel Cunha
 
 
If the brown strip or discoloration extends into your toenail bed or skin, see a podiatrist or doctor right away. In addition to melanoma, brown stripes or patches on toenails could also be a sign of HIV or lupus, podiatrist Miguel Cunha, DPMsaid.
 
Source: Marguerite Ward, Today (NBC) [3/22/19]
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
 
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You know to check your body and face for skin cancer, but you probably overlook your feet. However, skin cancer is the most common cancer seen in the foot, says Jane Andersen, DPM, a podiatrist in Chapel Hill, NC and a spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association. If you see “an unusual mole on the top or bottom of your foot or between toes, it should be checked out,” she says. “If you notice anything - a lump or bump - you should see a podiatrist.” 
Dr. Jane Andersen
 
 
Don’t forget to check your toenails, too. Melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer, can occur as dark spots underneath the nails. If you’re not sure whether dark spots are serious or something benign, like dried blood from an injury under your toenail, see your doctor—and know that blood under the nail will grow out, while skin cancer will not, Dr. Andersen says.
 
Source: The Huffington Post 
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
 
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The development of new or changing pigmented lesions is the classic initial presentation of melanoma. A lesion that demonstrates a noticeable increase in size over a period of weeks to months might be suspicious. If the lesion is also changing in pigmentation (black, brown, red, blue or white) this also can be considered suspicious and should be evaluated by a practitioner - such as a chiropodist, dermatologist or physician and it should also be biopsied. 

The ABCDE's of melanoma are a helpful guideline for determining which moles/lesions should be suspicious of melanoma:
A - asymmetrical shape
B - border is irregular
C - colour is mottled
D - diameter is usually large (>6.0 mm)
E - elevation is usually present
 

Foot melanoma is a type of skin cancer that affects the feet. It can appear anywhere on the foot, including the sole or under a nail. It starts in a type of skin cell called a melanocyte.

These cells are located in the uppermost layer of the skin. They are responsible for producing melanin, a dark pigment that helps screen the body against the harmful effects of ultraviolet light.

Foot melanoma is often treatable in the early stages, but it is often diagnosed late because people do not notice it. If it spreads, it may be life-threatening.

There are four different types of melanoma of the foot, these include: Acral lentiginous melanoma, Superficial spreading melanoma, Nodular melanoma and Amelanotic melanoma.

If you or a loved one has a suspicious mole/lesion on their foot it is important to get it assessed by a chiropodist and to also watch it cautiously for any signs of change and symptoms.

Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotics Clinic.

 

 
New findings suggest that mechanical stress may promote melanoma formation on the plantar surface."We should suspect melanoma more strongly in a case of a developing pigmented lesion located on the plantar mechanical stressful areas, including the heel," Dr. Ryuhei Okuyama' of Shinshu University School of Medicine in Matsumoto, Japan, told Reuters Health by email. The findings were published online June 16 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
 
While sun exposure is the key risk factor for melanoma on the skin, the malignancy can also occur on non-sun-exposed parts of the body, such as the volar surfaces, Dr. Okuyama and colleagues state in their report. These melanomas usually do not have the oncogenic BRAF mutation seen often in melanomas on sun-exposed skin, they add.
 
Source: Anne Harding, Medscape Family Medicine via Reuters Health [5/24/16]
 
 
 
 

 

PODIATRIST, DR. BRYAN MARKINSON STATES, "YOU CAN GET SKIN CANCER ON YOUR FEET AND IT'S OFTEN DIAGNOSED LATE BECAUSE PEOPLE IGNORE THEIR FEET OR IT'S MISDIAGNOSED.  WE SEE IT MOSTLY ON THE BOTTOM OF THE FOOT.  THAT'S WERE IT OCCURS MOST OFTEN.  THE COMMON ONES START OUT AS FLAT, PIGMENTED LESIONS THAT SLOWLY ENLARGE IN A HORIZONTAL FASHION."

PODIATRIST MARKINSON ALSO STATES, "WHEN YOU THINK OF SKIN CANCER, YOU THINK OF SUN EXPOSURE, BUT IT'S IMPORTANT TO LOOK EVERYWHERE ELSE, EVEN AT YOUR FEET AND IN BETWEEN THE TOES AND IF YOU SEE ANYTHING UNUSUAL, HAVE IT CHECKED OUT.  ANYTHING THAT HAS DELAYED HEALING SHOULD RAISE A HIGH INDEX OF SUSPICION, AND A BIOPSY MUST BE PERFORMED."

MY FOOT CLINIC HAS HAD TWO PATIENTS WHO WERE BEING TREATED BY THEIR MEDICAL DOCTOR FOR A WART WHEN IT WAS MALIGNANT MELANOMA.  ONE WAS FREEZING THE LESION AND THE OTHER M.D.EWAS EXCISING IT WITH A SCALPEL.  WHEN THEY CONSULTED WITH OUR FOOT CLINIC BOTH WERE DIAGNOSED WITH MELANOMA, UNFORTUNATELY IT WAS TOO LATE IN BOTH CASES AND BOTH PATIENTS LIVED LESS THAN ONE YEAR DUE TO LATE DIAGNOSIS.

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