Where the sun shouldn’t shine

Skin cancer strikes overlooked, unprotected areas

Skin cancer is the most prominent form of the disease in the U.S., accounting for half of all diagnosed cases. An estimated 1 in 5 Americans are stricken with skin cancer at some point, often on areas of the body where people forget to apply sunscreen. The ears, for example, are the third most commonly affected body part, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation (www.skincancer.org). Another overlooked area is the top of the feet, often left unprotected by sandals or flip flops. Caring.com recommends applying generous amounts of sunscreen, and secondary defenses such as protecting ears with wide-brimmed hats, and covering your feet with a towel when sunbathing.