Extended driving has been suggested to possibly increase the risks of skin cancer.
A new study suggests that extended driving may be a risk factor for skin cancer as reported by LiveScience.com. Study researcher Dr. Scott Fosko, chair of dermatology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, is quoted in the report as stating of the research findings, “Drivers need to be aware of the amount of sun exposure they receive behind the wheel… The cumulative effect of being exposed to the sun builds up over many years.”
As noted in the report, windows are said to protect against UVB rays but not UVA rays. Fosko is further quoted in the report as recommending, “Professional drivers learn to wear proper safety equipment be it gloves, steel-toed boots or safety glasses when appropriate… Sunscreen should be added to the list. An ounce of sunscreen applied as prevention on the road can be worth a lot of time and expense parked in a doctor’s office later on.”