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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

You may be thinking, what does skin cancer awareness have to do with my feet? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many people dismiss their feet as a possible site for this disease. Despite the fact that your feet won’t see as much of the sun as the skin on other parts of your body, foot skin is just as susceptible to cancer as the rest of your skin when it is exposed. Wearing sandals or flip-flops can lead to a bad sunburn, raising your risk of skin cancer.

When you go to the beach or the pool, it’s important to apply sunscreen to the tops and bottoms of your feet just as you do to the rest of your body – and reapply it every two hours as well as after swimming. Choose a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays, with an SPF rating of 15 or higher. It’s best to seek shade between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. when the sun’s rays are at their strongest – and never use UV tanning beds.

Sun is Not the Only Problem

In addition to sun exposure, certain environmental factors including contact with strong chemicals can cause skin damage that may lead to cancer. People with certain medical conditions including immune deficiencies, viral infections such as HPV or HIV, and those who have received organ transplants and take immune-suppressing drugs are more susceptible to malignancies.

One form of skin cancer, acral lentiginous melanoma (ALM), is not caused by the sun and is most often found under nails, on the soles of the feet, and on the palms of the hands.

Be Diligent

Being diligent about inspecting the tops and bottoms of your feet, your toenails, and the spaces between your toes (as well as the skin on the rest of your body) for any spots, freckles, or unusual moles – especially if they seem to be changing or growing. Report anything out of the ordinary to your podiatrist or dermatologist promptly.

Advanced Foot And Ankle Center Bolingbrook

If you notice anything unusual or are dealing with another foot ailment, pain, or discomfort, we want to help! The podiatrists at our advanced foot and ankle center in Bolingbrook are compassionate and highly trained to assess and treat your condition. Contact us today.

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Two Convenient Locations

Plainfield

15724 S. Rt 59 Unit 100

Plainfield, IL 60544

815-439-1188 phone

815-439-2453 fax

Bolingbrook

215 Remington Blvd., Suite A2

Bolingbrook, IL 60440

630-226-9860 phone

815-439-2453 fax