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Recent skin cancer awareness campaigns have publicized the risk factors for skin cancer and the importance of using sunscreen when outdoors. As a result, more people now apply sunscreen before heading outdoors. According to a recent study, however, many individuals seem unaware of what is considered being outdoors. Driving, whether in a convertible with the top down or in a vehicle with a fixed roof, increases your exposure to the sun, raising your risk of developing skin cancer. What specifically was noted about drivers and sunscreen usage?
A study conducted at Stony Brook University found that 27 percent of people surveyed admitted to irregular sunscreen usage before heading outdoors. Amongst drivers, that number rose to 57 percent. Not surprisingly, people that spent significant time behind the wheel had higher incidences of left-side melanoma compared to those who do not drive. Skin cancer education needs to expand to remind individuals to wear sunscreen when driving. This is especially important here in the United States, where people drive tens of thousands of miles each year and often 45 minutes or more to and from work.
Regardless of the amount of time you spend in a car, regular skin cancer screenings are crucial. Contact us today to schedule your skin cancer screening. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are experts at diagnosing and treating most forms of skin cancer. Our conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens (Bayside, Flushing), Long Island – Nassau/Suffolk (Roslyn/Albertson, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City, Westchester County (Ossining), Bergen County, NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.
Whether you drive, take public transportation or walk to our offices, apply sunscreen before you leave the house!