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16 December 2016

Keep your feet protected from the sun!

Nowadays we tend to be much more careful about protecting our skin from the harmful rays of the sun. We don’t, however, always remember to protect our feet.

Don’t forget your feet!

According to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, many of us don’t realize that skin cancer can occur on the feet and often overlook applying sunscreen to them. They warn that skin cancer of the foot is becoming more common and can even be fatal if not caught early.

During a study, volunteers at a beach were given sunscreen and told they'd be evaluated on how well they used it. Even though they had every reason to be diligent about sunscreen application, researchers found that the participants rarely applied it to the tops of their feet.

When asked why, half of the participants said it was because they didn't want sand to stick to their feet.

While the sensation may be unpleasant, our feet are just as at risk for skin cancer as the rest of our body. So lessen the risk and make sure you apply your sunscreen to your feet.