Look after your feet in the sun

Sun Awareness Week takes place from 5-11 May 2014. Organised by the British Association of Dermatologists, the week aims to raise awareness of skin cancer and exposure to the sun.

People don’t always think about their feet when applying sunscreen, but did you know that the skin on your feet is highly susceptible to melanoma and other forms of skin cancer? The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) warns that skin cancer of the foot is prevalent and can even be fatal if not caught early.

If you’re wearing sandals or going barefoot in the sun, it’s important to apply sunscreen to the tops and soles of the feet as well as in between your toes. Wearing water shoes on the beach that cover your feet, rather than flip flops that expose them, is helpful.

At the Sun Awareness Week website, you can find out how to check for changes in your skin and what to do as soon as you spot them. You can also order a sun awareness pack.

Keep feet safe