The Skin Cancer Foundation recently outlined ways to protect yourself from the damaging rays of the sun and practice sun safety while driving. While many people are consistent about the application of sunscreen when outdoors, many fail to realize the exposure they encounter while traveling in a car each day. Check out some of the article below.
For most people, car safety means seat belts and airbags. But there’s another important way to stay out of harm’s way on the road, and that’s by protecting your skin from the sun.
A recent study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology revealed that nearly 53 percent of skin cancers in the US occur on the left, or drivers’ side of the body. If you’re one of the approximately 208 million licensed drivers in the US, take heed: “The increase in left-sided skin cancers may be from the UV (ultraviolet) exposure we get when driving a car,” said Susan T. Butler, MD, coauthor of the study.
Here’s ow to protect your skin while driving in a car:
- Treat Your Vehicle to Window Film
The sun’s ultraviolet radiation is associated with most cases of skin cancer, which will affect one in five Americans over a lifetime. UV radiation reaches us in the form of shortwave UVB and long-wave UVA rays, but glass blocks only UVB effectively. Although car windshields are partially treated to filter out UVA, the side windows let in about 63 percent of the sun’s UVA radiation; rear windows are also unprotected, leaving back seat passengers exposed. There is, however, a solution. Transparent window film screens out almost 100 percent of UVB and UVA without reducing visibility, and is available in all 50 states. If you have window film installed, remember that it protects you only when the windows are closed.
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