The Last Place You’d Think To Check For Skin Cancer (But Should!)

 

African American man relaxing on beach

Sunlight is considered the leading cause of melanoma, but daily wear-and-tear appears to promote the deadly skin cancer in at least one place where the sun rarely shines, researchers say.

Stress and damage caused by walking or running could be a risk factor for melanoma on the soles of the feet, the Japanese researchers contended.

Worse, because people don’t think to check for melanoma on their soles, when the cancer is found it’s often very advanced, the investigators reported.