Sunscreen Foot Cancer

London weather being predictably unpredictable can host a fabulous array of sunshine and tropical weather. As the heat, in one of the most overly populated cities in the world increases, layers can be left at home, umbrellas can be hidden under the stairs and sandals or flip flops can come out to play. Thats when cancer can strike! Or is it?

What is cancer?
Cancer is when the normal cells in your body change in an abnormal way which can be considered to be uncontrolled. When the amount of changed cells increase and feel like a lump, we can call this a tumour. Cancer, I feel is given a terrible stigma and for the right reasons too. When people are diagnosed most of the trauma is to the mind. Therefore it is essential that medical professionals explain clearly and with kind words just what this disease is. 

Why do people get skin cancer in foot?
Exposure to harmful rays from the sun is commonly true for most skin cancer however in the foot this is not entirely true. Other factors have been associated to skin cancer of the foot such as; chronic inflammation, viruses, chemical exposure, genetically inherited by the family gene pool and of course a significant exposure to unprotected harmful sun rays.

What types of cancer can be found on the foot?
There are three main types; basal carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma. The first two tend to stay localised with low chances of spreading. Malignant melanomas are the potent skin cancers and requires early detection for survival. Malignant melanomas are notorious for being well disguised and can be commonly diagnosed as other pathologies.

Commonly, cancerous moles are associated to skin cancer. If you are concerned about your moles, here are a few things to look for...as easy as... ABCD.

A= asymmetry B= borders C= colour D= diameter.

Look out for uneven edges, spontaneous ulcers or sore, itchy skin that bleeds, lumps or bumps and unusual colour.

Why can DG Podiatrist help?
Podiatrists are specifically trained as lower limb specialists. The expert knowledge plays an essential role in detection as skin cancer of the foot is not like regular cancer in the body, as it appears in many forms. For this reason it is always advisable to find and book with DG if you have any areas of concern. After all, a cancer free world is a better world. 

Remember:
"Your skin doesn't stop at your ankles, use sunscreen down to your toes and enjoy the sun!"