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Driving in the sun can Cause Left-Side Skin Cancer

New research suggests that US drivers face increased risk of getting skin cancer on the left side of their bodies which are exposed to the sun. This study was done at the University of Washington in Seattle.

More than 50% of deadly skin cancers which affected one side of the body occurred on the left side. The upper arms are especially vulnerable as they are exposed to the sun’s UV rays if the car windows are left open.

Previous research has also connected driving with skin cancer. Car windows do not block out UVA rays, which can cause cancer and skin aging. The risk increases for people who drive for a long time. They should wear sunscreen and keep the windows closed to avoid too much exposure to sunlight.

This study was recently published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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