PODIATRIST STATES THAT FLIP-FLOPS OFFER LIMITED PROTECTION FROM MELANOMA
posted: Jun 21, 2014.
Podiatrist, Dr. Bryan Markinson states, "few people understand or think of the foot as a place where skin cancer can arise. Result: Foot melanoma can be deadly. Alert to sandal wearers: Remember to apply sunscreen to your feet!"
So far we have diagnosed 2 cases of malignant melanoma in our Toronto Foot Clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics. One case had been treated as if it were a wart by their MD and by the time they consulted us and had it properly identified it was too late as the patient only survived 8 months after having the melanoma surgically removed. The other case was identified early and so far the patient has survived over 5 years which means a good prognosis for those who survive past 5 years as this is one of the most deadly forms of cancer and not uncommon for it to manifest itself on the foot. Especially one that has been exposed to a lot of harmful UV rays over the years from sandals or bare feet.
Our foot clinic has invested in several dermascopes which are the latest cutting edge instruments used in the diagnosis of melanoma. Marz also attended a seminar on dermoscopy in Montana last summer which has been very informative.
If you or a loved one requires competent, honest advice or quality foot care or custom orthotics, please do not hesitate to contact us at 416-465-8737.