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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.
By The Foot & Ankle Center P.C.
July 01, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Skin Cancer  

Skin Cancer and Foot Care

Skin cancer is common, accounting for nearly half of all cancers in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. Despite these shocking statistics, less than one third of Americans apply sunscreen regularly to protect themselves from the sun’s harmful rays—and when they do, the feet are often overlooked.

During the spring and summer seasons especially, the feet are exposed to the sun’s damaging rays, putting them at just as great of risk for skin cancer as other frequently exposed parts of the body, such as the face and arms.  For this reason, podiatrists warn patients to pay extra attention to their feet during months when feet are exposed to avoid the harmful effects of the sun.

Prevention

The good news is that skin cancer of the feet is very preventable. For starters, always apply a generous layer of sunscreen to the tops of the feet, on and between the toes, and to the soles of your feet. Reapply every few hours if you are outdoors for an extended period of time. If you are on the beach or at the pool, opt for water shoes rather than flip-flops which offer a sun-blocking mesh cover. And finally, inspect your feet regularly for unusual skin changes or abnormal growths.

Common Warning Signs

Because skin cancer of the feet can easily be mistaken for other, less serious problems, such as a wart, rash or fungal infection, it is important for patients to report any questionable symptoms to their podiatrist.  Detecting skin cancer early is the key to optimal treatment.

Podiatrists are trained to diagnose and treat abnormal skin conditions of the feet. If a lesion is determined to be cancerous, The Foot & Ankle Center P.C. will recommend the best course of treatment for your condition.










 

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