How Window Tinting Can Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer

window tint to reduce the risk of cancer

Come to an Auto Tint Shop Near You in Brick or East Brunswick to Apply Film to Your Vehicle

Medical researchers in the United States learned that when skin cancer occurred only on one side of the body, it was most often the left side. In fact, 52 percent of melanoma cases and 53 percent of Merkel cell carcinoma cases, two of the most deadly types of skin cancer, occurred only on the left side of the body, on areas like the upper arms. This led researchers to connect sun exposure while driving with these deadly skin cancers.

Although skin cancers linked to driving are less likely to occur in people who only drive short periods of time, drivers behind the wheel for longer periods of time, like truck drivers, are at a higher risk of skin cancer. Driving with your windows open, the convertible top down, or without applying sunscreen also can increase your risk of developing skin cancer.

Car windows are already very good at blocking UVB rays, the type of sun rays that cause sunburn. However, they don’t block UVA rays, which are responsible for skin aging and the development of cancerous skin cells. The exception is perhaps the windshield, which is typically treated to block them. UVA radiation is responsible for more than 90 percent of skin cancer in the U.S. To block UVA radiation in your vehicle, your best option is to apply high-performance window tint to your car windows to help prevent skin cancer.

How Window Tint Works

UV radiation is part of the natural energy the sun produces. On the electromagnetic spectrum, UV light has shorter wavelengths than visible light. While you cannot see UV rays, your skin most certainly feels it.

Window tint is made of a special material that protects your skin by blocking up to 99 percent of harmful UV rays. A recent study showed that when sunlight was filtered through UV-absorbing glass, like glass with a window tint, skin cell death was reduced by 93 percent. Thus, applying a window tint is the most effective way to prevent skin cancer over time, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

And it’s not just inside your car! Any time you sit near an open window, you’re risking exposure to UVA rays. Unless you apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays with a sun protection factor (SPF) value of at least 30, you are increasing your risk of developing skin cancer, prematurely aging your skin, and getting a sunburn.

UV Exposure Factors

The strength of the sun’s UV rays depends on a number of things, aside from whether you’re wearing sunscreen. According to the American Cancer Society, these factors include:

How to Protect Your Skin from the Sun

In everyday life, staying in the shade, applying sunscreen, wearing clothing that covers your skin, and popping on a hat and sunglasses can help protect your skin from harmful rays from the sun.

Visit Auto Image in Brick and East Brunswick, New Jersey, for Window Tinting

To get the best sun protection in your car, visit Auto Image, where we install brand-name window films using the latest precision installation equipment. Conveniently located on NJ-18 in East Brunswick and on Chambers Bridge Road in Brick, we’re the Jersey Shore’s favorite auto tint shop.

To make an appointment or to learn more about your New Jersey window tinting options, call our East Brunswick location at 732-254-2727 or our Brick location at 732-920-0606.