Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Danger of Flip Flops

When I was young, I was told that the slippers' name (left pic) is called Japanese slippers. Those days you can't find so many kind of designs for it.

As it's easy to wear, casual, flexible and with various designs that suit all ages, this is the only kind of dressing that hasn't change much since the yesteryears.

But all this may change when wearing slippers is linked to health concerns. Ever heard of contracting skin cancer when wearing such flip flops? No? How does it happen?

Most people would be wearing leather shoes (men) and high heeled shoes (ladies) or properly covered shoes for almost a year. Once these people go for their holidays, they would expose their feet out of a sudden to high temperature sunlight by wearing the easy to wear flip flops or sandals.

Due to this, the skin at your feet which is quite sensitive at that point of time may not be able to protect the feet. Normal kind of skin cancer at the feet is known as "acral melanoma". Such skin cancer may occur at the sole of the foot, between the toes or under the toenails. To protect, it's encourage to apply factor 15 sunscreen.

And if flip flops were not produced with clean plastic materials, it could affect your feet badly as highlighted by a USA consumer (be forewarned of unsightly pictures).

Must walk a lot more under sunshades and away from the sunglight. Will go out during night time ...... (ending up like a dracula).

Reading: Flip-flops linked to skin cancer - Telegraph UK
Tags: Health, Flip Flops, Sandals, Skin Cancer, Acral Melanoma, Sunscreen, Japanese Slippers



Blogger Huei said...

hmm..true! must show this to our bosses! the result of sitting in the office for 5 or 6 days a week and not getting enough exposure to the sun =P

lunch hours must be extended for the well being of each and every individual! =P

20 June, 2008 13:22  
Blogger elezend said...

I read the walmart news years ago. It is because the flip flop is made in China and you know how is the QC there >.>

I like flip flop because it's light though... (not to mention cheap too :P)

20 June, 2008 13:29  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

huei - wait till the boss decides to off aircond and open windows for u all..... hehehe

elezend - just too bad if u have gotten that pair of flip flops.

20 June, 2008 14:53  
Blogger foongpc said...

First time I hear of flip flop being dangerous to health! As for its connection to cancer, well, I think people should go out in the sun more instead of staying indoors all the time.

24 June, 2008 16:23  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

actually, the basic thing is that everyone has to exercise

28 June, 2008 01:30  

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