High-risk areas for melanoma differ between men and women according to an article shared by Joel Schlessinger MD

Riding in a car does not diminish the risk of developing skin cancers such as melanoma, reveals Joel Schlessinger MD.

While men and women’s skin care needs may differ, the risk of developing skin cancer is still a universal concern. Many individuals take precautions to reduce their risk while outdoors, however many do not realize they are still at risk while riding in a car. In “Skin Cancer Strikes Men Differently”, published in the Wall Street Journal, the author highlights a study that reveals up to 20% of melanomas occur on the neck and head, areas that are exposed while riding in a car.

This study also reveals the most affected areas in men versus women, explains Joel Schlessinger MD.

Men are more likely to be the drivers in cars, explains Joel Schlessinger MD, and this affects which areas are more at risk.

Studies reveal that melanoma appears more often on the left side of the neck and face in men and the right side in women. This may be due to the fact that men are often the drivers while women are often passengers in the car.

Melanomas that occurred in the peripheral areas, the scalp, forehead, temple, ears and neck, were also more prominent in men. This difference may be linked to the fact that women generally have longer hair that offers some protection against UV damage.

Reducing the risk of melanoma is important for both men and women, says Joel Schlessinger MD.

Wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen daily is the best way to reduce the risk of skin cancer, explains Joel Schlessinger MD. Individuals should reapply every few hours, even when they are in the car for long periods of time, to ensure continuous protection.

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Posted Thursday, May 16th, 2013 at 5:29 pm
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