With summer in full swing, our feet are now on display almost every single day. During summer months people tend to wear sandals, flip flops and go barefoot. As a result they're paying more attention to the appearance of their feet. Now is a great time to note different issues that commonly come into play during the summer months.
Skin Cancer on Your Feet
It’s important to remember that skin cancer can affect any part of the body, including the feet. Unfortunately, people often forget their feet when protecting their skin from the sun. Even fewer think to check their feet for suspicious moles or markings.
According to New York City Podiatrist Dr. Oliver Zong of NYC Footcare, malignant melanoma of the lower extremities usually occurs on the soles of the feet, in the spaces between the toes, and in the areas around the nails, or even under the nails.
The best way to prevent skin cancer is to stay out of the sun and to wear sunscreen. It is also equally important to do self-examinations. If you detect any changes to a mole or skin lesion, Dr. Zong recommends visiting with your dermatologist as soon as possible.
More About Skin Cancer On Your Feet
These precancerous lesions are changes in skin that are not cancer, but could become cancer over time. An estimated 40% to 50% of fair-skinned people who live to be 65 will develop at least one skin cancer. Learn to spot the early warning signs. Skin cancer can be cured if it's found and treated early.
Who Gets Skin Cancer, and Why?
The biggest cause of skin cancer is sun exposure. However, sun exposure doesn't explain skin cancers which may develop on skin not ordinarily exposed to sunlight. Exposure to environmental hazards, radiation treatment, and even heredity may play a role. Although anyone can get skin cancer, the risk is greatest for people who have:
Fair skin or light-colored eyesAn abundance of large and irregularly-shaped moles
A family history of skin cancerA history of excessive sun exposure or blistering sunburns
Lived at high altitudes or with year-round sunshineReceived radiation treatments
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