We often view the sun’s harmful rays as the primary cause of skin cancer; the condition is often found on parts of the body that receive the most sun exposure. Skin cancers of the feet, however, are more often related to viruses, exposure to chemicals, chronic inflammation or irritation, or inherited traits. Unfortunately, the skin of the feet is often overlooked during routine medical examinations, and for this reason, it important that the feet are checked regularly for abnormalities that might indicate evolving skin cancer.
In 2010, there were 68,130 new cases of melanoma in the U.S.. according to the National Cancer Institute, and 8,700 people died from the disease. We worship the sun, slathering tanning lotion all over our bodies and basking in it. When we can’t do that, we crawl into a tanning bed and get bronze artificially. Our vanity is killing us. Even if you have carefully practiced sun safety all summer, it’s important to continue being vigilant about your skin in fall, winter, and beyond.