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Summertime FunGeorgian Bay attracts sun worshipers all summer. From its beaches to a full range of water sports, there’s never a dull moment in Collingwood, ON. One of the risks of summer’s fun is the development of skin cancer. Malignant melanoma is one of the most dangerous types and may appear where you least expect it—on your feet.

People with fair skin often heed the warning to wear sun protection year round, but no matter the shade of your skin cancer can strike. People who have many moles, or who experienced sun damage at an early age should be especially attentive to changes in their skin. Surprisingly, even areas of skin that are typically covered can be affected.

Shopping for sunscreen? Check the label for the following critical information. Look for a block that provides broad spectrum protection which guards against both UVA and UVB rays. The SPF must be 15 or higher as well, and don’t be tricked into thinking that water-resistant means you don’t have to reapply. Look at the label for recommendations. While you’re there, check the expiration date. Old sunscreen may not do its job leaving you vulnerable.

The top of the feet are often forgotten, so make sure that you cover yourself from head to toe! Water shoes will provide more sun protection than flip-flops; keep that in mind when you’re headed to the beach.

Finally, check yourself and those you love for skin changes. Remember asymmetry, border, color, and diameter when looking at a suspicious spot. It’s always best to seek a professional opinion, so call Abbott Foot & Ankle Clinic with any concerns. Chiropodist Tony Abbott and his expert team will walk with you every step of the way. Make an appointment today by calling the Collingwood, ON office at (705) 444-9929.