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6 Shocking Factors that Increase Your Risk of Skin Cancer

When it comes to increasing your risk of skin cancer there are the obvious culprits: sunbathing minus the sunscreen and an addiction to the tanning bed. However, it may surprise you that your chances of developing skin cancer can increase from more than slathering yourself in baby oil and cooking in the sun.

Read on for six shocking factors that can raise your risk of developing skin cancer…

1. Living the Commuter Lifestyle

Do you commute to work daily? Are your car windows treated with UVB reducing tint? If not, you may be at increased risk of developing skin cancer. According to a 2010 study from St. Louis University School of Medicine, there’s good reason why over three-quarters of early stage skin cancers diagnosed in the U.S. are located somewhere on the body’s lefthand side.

That’s the arm you dangle out the window or prop up on the window like an arm rest! And while window glass in most North American vehicles is able to efficiently protect against UVB radiation, most car windows aren’t treated to block UVA rays, allowing over 60-percent to penetrate the skin on your dangly left arm.


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