FACT: You can get skin cancer on your feet.
FACT: Exposure to sun’s ultraviolet rays is one of the leading causes of skin cancer, and children are especially at risk. Just one blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person’s chances of developing potentially fatal melanoma later in life.
Many parents make sure to buy rash guard clothing with sun protection factor (SPF) built in for their kids and fastidiously apply and reapply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher on their faces and bodies, but what about their feet?
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“Any exposed skin area is vulnerable to nonmelanoma skin cancer and people often don’t recognize that their feet are exposed regularly in the pool, the ocean, on the beach, walking barefoot, lounging in a chair, or with flip flops,” says Mona Mofid, MD, the Medical Director of the American Melanoma Foundation and a dermatologist in San Diego, Calif.
Protect everyone’s feet from the sun by using spray sunscreen. “I keep it next to the flip flops in the garage,” she says. And remember, spray sunscreen is easier to apply to the feet than lotions and creams, she says.