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Types of Cancer That Affect The Feet

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There are many different types of cancer that can affect the feet. Some are widespread, while others take the form of cysts or lesions.

Types of cancer that may affect the feet include:

  • Malignant Melanoma. Malignant Melanoma is a skin cancer. It makes up only one percent of skin cancers, but accounts for 60% of skin cancer deaths. An estimated 3% of those occur in the feet. Malignant Melanoma is curable if caught early.
  • Osteochondromas. Osteochondromas are benign bone tumors found under the toenail. These tumors occur mostly in children and young adults and account for about half of all benign bone tumors in the foot. They are generally not very painful. In some cases, they can cause irritation to the surrounding tissue, which can hurt. They can sometimes deform the toenail and cause an ingrown toenail as well. Occasionally, they are removed surgically.
  • Neoplastic disorders. Neoplastic disorders are the result of abnormal growth tissue. They can be malignant or benign.
  • Plantar Fibroma. A plantar fibroma is a benign tissue tumor or growth. It is located on the plantar (bottom of the foot). These tumors grow deep inside the foot on a fibrous band called the plantar fascia. Plantar fibromas can usually be treated non-surgically with conservative measures, but surgical removal is an option when conservative treatments are unsuccessful.
  • Giant Cell Tumors. Giant cell tumors are benign tumors of the tendon sheath and are firm irregular masses that are usually painful. They are usually located on the top of the foot, the toes, or the sides of the foot. Giant cell tumors can also occur deep inside the foot.

If you believe you are suffering from any the above, you should seek medical attention for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

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