Nagler Foot Center urges sunscreen use and exams to prevent skin cancer on feet.
When at the pool or lake we apply sunscreen to protect our skin from the harmful rays of the sun. But do we remember to put sunscreen on our feet?
Many don’t realize skin cancer can occur on the feet from unprotected sun exposure, and they overlook applying sunscreen to the area. Dr. Nagler warns that skin cancer of the foot is prevalent and can even be fatal if not caught early.
While all types of skin cancer, including squamous cell and basal cell carcinoma, can be found on the foot, the most common is the most serious form, melanoma. The signs of skin cancer can be as subtle as an abnormal-looking mole or freckle found anywhere on the foot, and often go unnoticed without routine foot exams.
According to foot and ankle surgeon Dr. Sherman Nagler, early diagnosis is key to effective treatment for the condition. Unfortunately, because people aren’t looking for the early warning signs or taking the same precautions they do for other areas of the body, skin cancer on the feet is often not diagnosed until later stages.
For more information on skin cancer of the foot contact the office at Nagler Foot Center 713.529.1010 or visit FootHouston.com