Remember to Wear Sunscreen this Summer, Even on Your Feet!
Skin cancer is a serious concern, especially during the summer. Malignant Melinoma is usually caused by too much exposure to UV rays, which can come from the sun or tanning beds.
If you have fair skin, sustain sunburns which blister, or have numerous moles, you may be at a greater risk for developing malignant melanoma.
However, you can help to prevent melanoma from developing. Here are some things you can do:
- Wear footwear that protects your feet from the sun. Flip-flops and sandals expose your feet to the sun and make sustaining a sunburn on your feet much more likely. If you’re going to the beach or the pool, try wearing water shoes instead.
- Avoid going out into the sun during its peak hours, which is the middle of the day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat and other protective clothes when you do go out.
- ALWAYS apply sunscreen. Even on your feet! This is very important. Many people forget their feet when putting on sunscreen, but your feet run the same risks as the rest of your body. Apply sunscreen both on the tops of your feet and on your soles.
- Inspect your feet often for any skin changes or changes in nail color and if you see any changes, bring it to the attention of your doctor.
If you would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8778 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.
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