Sandals cause skin cancer

Filed under: Activities: Babies, Health & Safety: Babies

Just in time for summer, we've got a new thing to worry about -- skin cancer on your feet, thanks to flip-flops and sandals. Okay, so it's not really anything new or different -- less coverage means more exposure and more exposure can lead to sunburn and eventually skin cancer. Of course, the same is true of shorts, tank tops, and swimsuits.

The solution is the same as for the rest of the body -- lots and lots of sunscreen. Don't forget the soles of your feet too -- they're just as vulnerable. Cancer of the foot -- "acral melanoma" is the technical name -- generally appears on the sole, between the toes, or under the toenails. Further, while patients with cancer elsewhere on their leg have an eighty percent chance of survival, only half of those with foot cancer survive.

For whatever reason, skin cancers are on the rise and we, as parents, have to make sure our kids don't end up with it. So, when you're slathering on the goo, remember to get those feet, tops and bottoms.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.