Cancer danger. Drivers who spend long amounts of time behind the wheel are being warned that their skin can get sun damaged – even with the windows closed.
The warning comes from Confused.com and skin cancer charity Melanoma UK, after an in-depth skin examination on a van driver using UV photo technology detected pre-cancerous cells on his right forearm – the arm most typically exposed to the sun – which was consequently treated.
The tests also revealed how long-term exposure to the sun while driving can lead to wrinkles, leathering, sagging, brown ‘age’ spots and even skin cancers on the exposed side of the body.
It’s important motorists apply sun cream with at least SPF 30 prior to travelling, particularly on long summer journeys. Your skin will thank you in the long run
According to dermatologist Dr Christian Aldridge, a representative from Melanoma UK who carried out the test, glass – like clouds – does not protect you from UV radiation, putting motorists at risk of asymmetrical sun damage as a result.
Glass effectively blocks UVB and windshields are specially treated to block UVA as well, but a vehicle’s side and rear windows allow UVA to penetrate. The research also found that one in seven drivers (14%) don’t apply sun cream whether inside or outside of the car even if the weather is nice.
In response, Dr Aldridge said: “Those who spend elongated periods of time in their vehicles for work or otherwise must be vigilant when it comes to protecting their skin during the summer.
“Photo damage and skin cancer takes years to evolve and, apart from sunburn, there are no immediate effects of irreparable skin damage so people often lapse in their protection. It’s important motorists apply sun cream with at least SPF 30 prior to travelling, particularly on long summer journeys. Your skin will thank you in the long run.”