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Thursday, February 28, 2008
Put On Some Sunscreen Before You Get Behind the Wheel
Hitting the road for a long trip soon? Long road trips could increase your risk of skin cancer, particularly on the left side of your body.
While manning the wheel of a vehicle, drivers get lots of sun exposure on the left side of their bodies, and only a portion of the harmful rays are blocked out by car windows. Researchers weren't surprised to find that in a recent study, people who had skin cancer on the left side of their bodies were more likely to spend more time driving than the other subjects.
Here are three ways to make your trip sun-safe:
▪ Tint or filter car glass. The amount of deep-penetrating UVA rays that pass through the glass are significantly reduced when you use tinted windows or UV filters.
▪ Keep windows closed. In the study, drivers who occasionally opened their windows had more left-side skin cancers.
▪ Use sunscreen. To protect sun-exposed areas, smooth on a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, and wear protective clothing.
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