SKIN CANCER'S LEFT-SIDE BIAS

Anyone who spends a lot of time behind the wheel of an automobile should know that skin cancer displays a left-side bias. That means that when skin cancer occurs on one side of the body, it is more likely to be the left side. Why? While the windows of an automobile typically block most of the UV-B rays that cause sunburn, they are not as effective in blocking the sun’s UV-A rays, which contribute to aging skin and skin cancer. As a result, the left side of the body is more susceptible to skin cancer. With this in mind, those who drive for a living might want to take the precaution of applying sunscreen.

Early detection – finding a cancer early before it has spread – gives you the best chance of being treated successfully. Most skin cancers are visible, so it’s important to examine your skin regularly for lesions, growths, and moles that change in appearance. Please call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111 to schedule an evaluation. We specialize in diagnosing and treating skin cancer. Our practice is located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7, Elmhurst. We strive to provide the highest quality care to our patients.

 

Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist

P.S. A study out of Australia, where drivers drive on the opposite side of the road, shows that male drivers were more likely to develop precancerous growths on the right sides of their bodies.

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