Long hours on road increase risk

Drivers who spend long hours on the road could face an increased risk of developing skin cancer.


According to research by Norwich Union Risk Services, there’s a possible link between driving and exposure to harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun.


The study found a link between skin cancers and the side of the body most exposed to sunlight while driving. It also highlights a common misconception that windows provide complete protection from ultraviolet radiation.


Although most glass filters out UVB rays — those that cause redness and sunburn, which are a major risk factor for all types of skin cancer — it may not block UVA, which causes skin aging and research has shown that it is also likely to cause skin cancer.