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    Mayo Clinic Minute: Is Your Skin Safe on Road Trips?

a family driving on a bright sunny day
Have you ever considered the amount of sun you get on a long road trip? Research published in JAMA Ophthalmology shows, even with the windows up, ultraviolet (UV) light can affect your skin and eyes.

The study found, even though the level of front-windshield UVA protection was consistently high, the level of side-window protection was lower and highly variable. The study’s author says, “These results may, in part, explain the reported increased rates of cataract in left eyes and left-sided facial skin cancer.”

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, dermatologist Dr. Dawn Davis, who was not involved in the study, offers ideas for staying safe while driving on sunny days. Jeff Olsen reports.

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