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Slap it on!

By: Dave Robbins
22 June 2017

No doubt, by the time you’re reading this, the vagaries of the great British climate will mean that the UK’s brief flirtation with hot summer sunshine will be over. However, whenever the summer sun pokes its head from beneath the clouds it’s worth remembering that it can be a long-term health risk.

The skin cancer charity, Melanoma UK is warning professional drivers that, whilst vehicle windscreens are treated to protect drivers from damaging UVA rays, side windows generally are not. So even with the window firmly shut, if you’ve got the sun streaming in through the window onto exposed skin it can be damaging. At a cosmetic level it can result in sagging skin, wrinkles, leathering and brown age spots. And, in a worst case scenario, it can lead to skin cancer.

Tests completed by Melanoma UK on a van driver who had experienced long-term exposure to the sun detected pre-cancerous signs on his right arm. Commenting on this, Dr Christian Aldridge said: “Those who spend elongated periods of time in their vehicle 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 drivers 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.”
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