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ST. LOUIS – When Dr. Scott Fosko had his way would Trucker apply on sunscreen as routinely as they log their miles.

As a National Skin Cancer Awareness Month rolls by the sun’s rays will know more, wants Fosko, chairman of dermatology at St. Louis University Medical School, the people, that driving increases the risk for skin cancer on the left side of the body.

For some time he was in his department and colleagues had noted that skin cancer was more on the left side of their patients’ faces and bodies, than on the right side, especially in male patients.

To see if there was anything their observations, they examined the medical records of all patients with non-midline skin cancer, which had moved to Mohs micrographic surgery at St. Louis University in 2004.

Higher rate for men

Of 890 patients, 468 (52.6 percent) had skin cancer on the left side of her face or body. That number was even higher when they saw only men: 301 of 557 (54 percent) had on her left side.

“Since we have to say in the research, it was statistically significant for males on the left-dominant skin cancer,” said Fosko. “If women were 50 or younger, she had a left-sided dominance as well.” He can only speculate, but Fosko thinks these statistics in the way of women is rooted driving habits have changed. Women aged 50 and older more frequently rode in the passenger seat when driving. About 25 years ago, two-car homes were common, and many women began to ride as much as men.

Angie Laird had a basal cell carcinoma removed from her face, and recently removed a malignant melanoma from her leg three years ago. Both were on their left side, and she is pretty sure that’s no coincidence.

As director of marketing and admissions for a nursing home, Laird, 43, of Jerseyville, spends at least 25 hours per week in their car, drive to the hospital to do the medical screening and monitoring residents.

“Plus, my parents have a pool, I love golf and we go on cruises to Mexico and a lot,” she said. “What is strange that all this is my grandfather had skin cancer on his hands. He sold insurance for years and would go to Springfield once a week. He always drove with both hands on the steering wheel.”

Joseph H. Mueller, 75, of Webster Groves, had already come to the conclusion that the basal cell carcinoma removed from his left ear and the left side of the nose to come, probably for the ride.

“Of course, in winter, it should make no difference with the Windows-up,” he said.

Not so, said the American Academy of Dermatology. Wind-block now UVA and UVB rays, but blocking the sides and back usually only UVB rays.

UVB rays burn the skin and cause basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, which are in the top layer of skin and not usually fatal. UVA rays penetrate the upper layer of the skin and are thought to cause melanoma, which can be very serious and even fatal. Experts also believe they could the carcinogenic effects of UVB radiation increased.

Muller was surprised by this nugget of information.

“I thought you could sit next to a window in a house and sunlight through and feel the heat, but not the UV rays get through,” he said. “Obviously I am wrong.”

Fosko recommends dye or UV filter on side and wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen and protective clothing when riding.

“If you want to stand in the car a lot and you have a lot of risk factors for skin cancer, you are probably in order to protect themselves as best,” said Fosko.

His study, which will appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, also appeared a rather surprising finding: that 75 percent was of a certain type of skin cancer – malignant melanoma in situ – on the left side of the body.

“It’s in the photo biology or the pattern of UV exposure,” he said.

“Various forms of exposure cause different types of damage to the cells of the skin.

Thinking with malignant melanoma in situ is that chronic, long-term and cumulative exposure to the sun. “Malignant melanoma in situ only affects the top layer of skin.

99 percent curable

Fosko said that almost 99 percent curable if caught early, and is cut from the skin during an outpatient procedure. In general, no longer occurs.

In 2004, the department looked for Dermatology at Saint Louis University, 890 patients with non-midline skin cancer where the cancer was clearly on one side of the body.

The patients average age was 68, 557 of them (62.5 percent) were men.

Fosko breaks their skin cancer diagnosis:

• 608 (68.3 percent) had basal cell carcinoma. It is not fatal, but can be very disfiguring if not treated immediately. It seems like an open sore, reddish patch, shiny bump, pink growth or scar-like area.

• 178 (20 percent) had squamous cell carcinomas. It is curable, but can become disfiguring if it penetrates tissue lying below. A small percentage to distant tissues and organs and form metastases, and can be fatal. It may also recur after removal. It looks to bleed like a thick, scaly patch which, if met can.

• 42 (4.7 percent) had malignant melanoma in situ. It is the top layer of skin is limited and is almost 100 percent curable. It appears as an irregularly shaped mole, Brown, and asymmetric growth.

• 38 (4.2 percent) had squamous cell carcinoma in situ. It is on the top layer of skin.

• 23 (2.5 percent) had invasive malignant melanoma. It can quickly infect the lymph nodes and organs. It causes 75 percent of all deaths from cancer of the skin. People who start with a solarium before 30 Age, 75 percent more likely to develop melanoma.

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