Driving and Skin Cancers in Men

Fall 2010 CSANews Issue 76  |  Posted date : Sep 17, 2010.Back to list

Researchers from Saint Louis University Medical Center reported an alarmingly high incidence of left-sided facial skin cancers in men. They reviewed the health records of 94 skin cancer patients who underwent skin cancer surgery and found that for men, 74 per cent of all melanomas occurred on the left side of the face. 
There was no difference for women. Because men tend to log more hours behind the wheel than women, researchers think that sun exposure while driving may be a contributing factor. The lesson: the car is poor protection from dangerous UV rays. So be sure to wear sunblock when you're out on the open road.