Summer does not officially arrive until June 21, but warmer temperatures are already on the way. Those warmer temps mean more sun and an increase in sunburn and skin cancer risk.
According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, almost 53 percent of U.S. skin cancer cases occur on the left side of the body. While truck windows might block most ultraviolet light, some UV radiation still gets through and can damage your skin over time.
There are simple precautions you can take to protect yourself while behind the wheel. If you are out in the sun, make sure you use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Cover your arms, hands, and face. Don’t forget to reapply often.
If you are not a fan of sunscreen, there is a simple solution: cover up. Wearing a long sleeve shirt will help protect you from UV rays. Hats are also a good idea as they protect your face.
Speaking of your face, wear sunglasses. The sun can damage your eyes, so keep them protected by wearing sunglasses that provide UV protection.
Finally, you should also get a regular check as skin cancer is treatable if it is caught early. Schedule a semi-annual checkup and perform monthly self-exams. If you notice any irregular moles or blemishes, schedule an appointment with your doctor.
When it comes to skin cancer, prevention is key.
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