Researchers warn about 'driver's tan'

Researchers Warn Against 'Driver's Tan'

DALLAS, TX (KDAF) - For many people, summer time equals tanning time; but most sun bathers don't expect to get that summer glow from riding in a car.

Researchers at Parkland Memorial Hospital have found that even though the windshield of a car provides protection from UVA rays, the same may not hold true for the side windows.

In fact, their study concluded that only 14% of the cars tested offered side window UVA protection. That means there could be a greater risk of getting skin cancer -- particularly on the face, arms and hands.

It's an important issue since skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. At least one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

To reduce your chances of becoming another statistic, physicians at Parkland say you should minimize sun exposure, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Also use sunscreen daily, even on overcast days, and consider adding tint to your car's side windows that protects against UV rays.

So it's okay to have fun in the sun this summer, just make sure you take the proper precautions on the beach and on the road.

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