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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
May 23, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: melanoma  

Here at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we don’t mean to sound alarmist, but May is Melanoma Awareness month and with Memorial Day upon us we want our patients to realize how serious skin cancer can be and the relationship it has with your feet. It’s estimated that one person an hour dies from melanoma. Learn the facts to protect yourself from this and other forms of skin cancer. Below are some myths that need to be dispelled:

MYTH: Feet spend most of their time inside shoes, so skin cancer is a very small risk for them.

TRUTH: Although sun exposure greatly increases the risk of skin cancer, there are other possible causes that your feet are susceptible to. Viruses, chemical exposure, chronic inflammation or irritation and family history can all increase the likelihood of skin cancer on your feet.

MYTH: If you’re not at the beach or pool your feet get very little sun exposure, even during the summer months.

TRUTH: A day spent outside wearing sandals or flip flops exposes skin on your feet to many hours of the sun’s rays. This poses the same risk to your feet as it would to any other part of your body. For this reason, you need to use a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen every two hours whenever the skin of your feet will be exposed—even if it’s for a day of sightseeing or running errands. If you are at the beach or pool, choose a water-resistant variety and re-apply right after swimming. Be sure to put on both the tops and bottoms of your feet.

MYTH: Once skin cancer is diagnosed there is very little chance of achieving remission.

TRUTH: This is not true! There are several kinds of skin cancer and even the more deadly melanoma is highly treatable if detected in its earliest stages. The tragedy with may skin cancers found on the feet is that they are not caught early because patients don’t think to check their feet for this disease. Regular self-exams should be part of your foot health regimen. Any new moles or freckles or any differences is existing ones such as change in size, shape, color or other characteristics should be reported to our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, as soon as you notice them. It’s always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to skin cancer. To make an appointment, contact our Washington office by calling: (724) 225-7410.

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