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Pooler, GA   31322

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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
May 21, 2018
Category: skin cancer
Tags: Skin Cancer  

May is Skin Cancer Prevention Month and here at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we would like to take this opportunity to share some information about skin cancer and your feet. Although it may seem obvious, many people don’t think about the fact that the skin on your feet is just as much at risk from the harmful rays of the sun as the skin on the rest of your body. Did you know that almost 50% of people who live to be 65 will have skin cancer at least once in their life? Skin cancer is considered a “lifestyle disease,” and that means that it is highly preventable. Approximately 86% of melanomas and 90% of nonmelanoma skin cancers are connected with ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure. Below are 5 tips for preventing skin cancer on your feet:

  1. Be generous with sunscreen—a good, broad-spectrum, water-resistant (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher is your best defense against cancer-causing sun exposure when spending extended time outside. Apply 30 minutes before going out and be sure to reapply every two hours. Water reduces the effectiveness of sunscreen so reapply after swimming or if you sweat excessively.
  2. Cover up—remember that it’s not just beach and pool days that leave your feet exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. If you are spending time outside shopping, sightseeing or al fresco dining you should keep feet covered or, if wearing sandals or other open style shoes, you should put on sunscreen on your feet.
  3. When in doubt, check it out—often skin cancer on the feet isn’t detected until it’s at an advanced stage because people don’t think to check their feet for suspicious moles and freckles. Get in the habit of examining your feet monthly and don’t forget to look between your toes. If you notice changes in a spot on your foot or have questions about something you’ve found, let our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico take a look. Contact our Pooler, GA office for an appointment by calling: (912) 330 – 8885.
  4. Don’t use tanning beds—the UV radiation from indoor tanning machines has been reported to increase the likelihood of developing deadly melanomas by nearly 75%.
  5. Time it right—if you have a choice, plan outdoor activities before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. to avoid skin exposure when UV rays are at their strongest.

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