Driving has been linked to an increased risk of skin cancer due to sun exposure through the windows, which do not filter UVA rays.
Being a truck driver, you may not realize how much sun exposure you are really getting because you are “inside”. The left side of your face and your left arm are exposed every day. Even in the winter, the sun can cause damage to your skin. A famous study released in 2012 by the New England Journal of Medicine highlighted a Chicago truck driver who had been driving for 28 years. The prolonged exposure to the left side of the man’s face caused extreme aging. This photo demonstrates the effects of sun exposure.
The harmful UV rays that cause skin damage are also the same rays that cause skin cancer. The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Skin cancer is common in people whose jobs expose them to more sun, like truck drivers. Fortunately, skin cancer is easy to spot and highly treatable when caught early. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use precaution.
Here are a few things you can do to protect yourself from the sun all day while you’re in your cab:
• Wear sunscreen every day: According to the FDA, sunscreen with SPF 30 is the best option. Anything above isn’t necessary, and anything below isn’t effective enough. Reapply the sunscreen often throughout the day.
• Wear sunglasses: UV rays can damage your eyesight and may cause cancer in your eyes as well. As a driver, your eyes are one of your most important assets.
Take measures to protect your skin and eyes from the harmful UV rays you are exposed to as a professional truck driver. Not only will you be preserving your youthfulness, you will also be decreasing your risk of skin cancer.