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What You Should Know: Skin Cancer (2 of 5)

Blog Image[This is post two of five of our Skin Cancer series, be sure to check out our first post and stay tuned for more to come.]

  1. Did you know Australians develop more cancers on the right side of the body, while Americans develop more skin cancers on the left side of the body? It all has to do with the added sun exposure from driving that affects arms, ears and the face. Since Australians drive on the right side of the road, their cancer risk to the right side of the body is just the opposite of that in the U.S. While car windows screen out significant ultraviolet rays, driving with a window open defeats this.
  2. While cancers most often appear on body parts that are exposed to the sun, it is erroneous to conclude that clothing and regular sunglasses provide adequate protection for skin and eyes. Skin cancer and its precursors can turn up in some of the oddest places, including between toes, under toenails and fingernails, on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. Perhaps people are confused about the protection clothing offers – or does not offer. Some apparel manufacturers are taking pains to build sun protection into their fabrics. Manufacturers also have created laundry additives offering a measure of protection when added to the wash cycle.

 

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