melanoma and driving

Left side of man's face aged by sun damage

Nearly 53 percent of skin cancers in the US occur on the left, or drivers', side of the body, according to a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Back in 2012, the New England Journal of Medicine published an image showcasing what sun damage can really do to a person's skin. The image is shown below.

Credit: New England Journal of Medicine

Credit: New England Journal of Medicine

The unidentified 69-year-old trucker has been driving on the road for nearly 28 years and been exposed to a lot of sun exposure. You can see this clearly from the difference between the two sides, the left side being the side most exposed to the sun while sitting in the driver's seat.

This photo is just another example on why it's imperative to protect your skin, even while driving. As we approach a new year, pledge to wear protective clothing, a hat, sunscreen and your UV Wristbands and Stickers.

Protecting Your Skin Year Round

...especially while driving! According to a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, nearly 53% of skin cancers in the US occur on the left, or drivers’, side of the body. Scientists have found that front windshields block an average of 96% of UV rays; however side windows only block an average of 71% of UV rays.

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Protect Your Skin While Driving

There has been some research to suggest a connection between sun exposure while driving and skin cancer. How? UVA rays can still get through the window of a car -- damaging your skin over time.

According to a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, nearly 53% of skin cancers in the US occur on the left, or drivers’, side of the body. Scientists have found that front windshields block an average of 96% of UV rays; however side windows only block an average of 71% of UV rays.

This fall, don't forget to wear sunscreen while driving; and if you're taking a long road trip, reapply, reapply, reapply!

Wearing Sunscreen in Your Car

According to a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, nearly 53% of skin cancers in the US occur on the left, or drivers’, side of the body. Scientists have found that front windshields block an average of 96% of UV rays; however side windows only block an average of 71% of UV rays.

The next time you're taking a long road trip or just going around town, don't forget to apply sunscreen on your face, neck, ears, arms and legs.

Source: Skin Cancer Foundation