Myths about Skin Cancer

Before we say goodbye to the month of May, we at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers want to acknowledge Skin Cancer Awareness Month and what it means for your feet. There are over 5 million cases of skin cancer diagnosed each year in the United States and that number continues to rise. The irony of this is that skin cancer is one of the most preventable forms of the disease. About 85% of melanomas and 90% of nonmelanoma skin cancers are caused by ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

Let’s dispel myths about sun safety and the dangers of unprotected exposure and save lives.

“Skin cancer doesn’t happen on your feet.” The skin on your feet is just as vulnerable to damage from the sun as anywhere else on your body. Oftentimes, however, skin cancers on the feet are not diagnosed until they have reached an advanced stage because patients don’t expect cancer to occur there.

“Everyone gets sunburned once in a while. As long as you’re careful most of the time, you should be okay.” Unfortunately, each burn damages your skin and increases your risk for developing skin cancer in the future. Studies show that if you have had more than five bad burns, your risk for melanoma doubles.

“I thought I had a freckle on my foot, but it started bleeding and now it has a scab—must have been a bug bite.” Although usually painless, recurrent bleeding and cracking are signs of a potentially cancerous mole or freckle. Inspect skin regularly and know the other changes to moles that can signal a problem:

  • Increase in size or becoming more raised
  • Asymmetrical
  • Irregular borders
  • Mottled or varied colors contained in one spot
  • Overall diameter is larger than an eraser on the end of a pencil

If you notice any of these symptoms in a mole on your foot, contact our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 office for an appointment. Our podiatrists Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw and Dr. Adam Thompson will examine your feet and determine if the mole needs further evaluation.

“Going to a tanning booth helps protect your skin before a tropical vacation as long as you use a good sunscreen during each session.” Going to a tanning booth is actually voluntarily subjecting yourself to a known carcinogen. Patients who first used a tanning bed before the age of 35 increase their risk of melanoma by 75%.

Always apply sunscreen to the tops and bottoms of your feet and between your toes when out in the sun wearing open sandals or with bare feet. If you find something suspicious on the skin of your feet, contact us immediately.

Shoe Tips for Runners

At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we know that the right shoes for a runner can maximize performance and minimize your risk for injury.

6 Ways To Take Better Care of Your Feet

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Vacation Do’s and Dont's for Happy Feet

At Benenati Foot and Ankle Care Centers, we find that many patients don’t think much about their feet when planning a summer getaway. Below are some do’s and don’ts for ensuring that your trip is foot and ankle problem-free.

5 Ways To Prevent Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is spread by direct contact. In the summer months, there are more opportunities for adults and children to be barefoot and therefore a greater risk of getting athlete’s foot.

Beach Bag Essentials

Summer’s finally here and at Benenati Foot & Ankle Centers we want to know, is there a beach day in your future? A seaside vacation is very enjoyable but, there can be potential hazards for your feet and ankles.

5 Scary Reasons Why Flip Flops Destroys Your Feet

When the weather starts to warm up, the wardrobe begins to change. Instead of the jackets and scarves, out come the tank tops and shorts. With the changes come up top comes the summertime footwear. Slip out of your boots and into some lighter shoes....

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This month we recognize as Men’s Health Month. At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, that gives us a chance to highlight a podiatric condition whose highest risk category is men between the ages of 40 and 60: gout.

6 Reasons To Call a Podiatrist

At Benenati Foot and Ankle Care Centers, we would always rather see our patients on the side of caution when it comes to dealing with lower extremity pain and discomfort.

Foot Health Tips for Seniors

It’s May and here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we’re celebrating our senior patients in honor of Older Americans Month. In our practice, we serve patients in all age groups and each has its own particular foot health care needs.

Can You Prevent Arthritis?

It’s important to know that the term “arthritis” doesn’t refer to just one condition. There are over 100 disorders that cause joint pain and disease that fall under the umbrella term arthritis. Each of our feet has 33 joints that can be affected by joint pain.

Dealing with Fungal Toenails

At the first hint of warmer weather, you may be inclined to pull out your favorite sandals or open-toed shoes. But, when you go to put them on, you notice that one of your nails is a brownish gray color and the nail looks thick and a little crumbly at the edges.
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