The next time you fasten your seat belt, you may want to consider applying a little sunscreen to your left arm and face before hitting the road.
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology showed a significantly higher rate of malignant melanomas on the left side of the face than the right, and researchers suggest exposure to the sun’s harmful rays while driving may be the root cause.
Sunscreens that block both UVA and UVB rays are the most effective defense against the sun, limiting the risk of cancer, premature wrinkling and aging. Check the product label to make sure it protects against both types of rays. Using UV filters on vehicle glass also could help reduce the effects of UV rays.
Researchers at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine found more left-sided skin cancers in both sexes, but the effect was stronger in men. Approximately 82 percent of skin cancers occurred on the sun-exposed areas of the head and neck, and that rate increased to 92 percent when including the arms and hands.
For more information on how to keep your work force healthy, call Saint Francis Medical Center’s Services to Business at 573-331-5825.