The Size Of Your Bank Account Affects Your Skin Cancer Risk

Stay outside in the sun for hours sans sunscreen is a recipe for skin disaster.

But there are other surprising things you may be doing that can be putting you at risk for skin cancer, too.

Read on to discover three weird ways you are wrecking your skin.

1. You Earn a Massive Promotion
Wealthier people are more likely to get skin cancer, according to a study from the New York State Cancer Registry.

The researchers analyzed cancer incidence data from 16 states and found that melanoma had the strongest association with wealthy neighborhoods.

Why? People who can afford to spend free time on the beach or golf course tend to do so, says MH dermatology advisor Adnan Nasir, M.D., Ph.D.

2. You Have a Long Commute
“People who drive have a higher risk of developing skin cancer,” says Dr. Nasir, “especially on their hands.”

Although the lamination on your windshield blocks cancer-causing radiation, side windows usually aren’t laminated and do allow UVA light through.

So it’s no surprise that St. Louis University researchers found that 74 percent of malignant melanomas occur on the left side of the body.

3. You Take Prescription Meds
Drugs that have the side effect of increasing your vulnerability to UV light are called photosensitizers.

They include certain cardiovascular meds and antimicrobials, like the acne-treating antibiotic tetracycline.
In a Dartmouth study of more than 5,000 people, those who took any of these pills for at least six months were 50 percent more likely than those not on the pills to develop basal cell carcinoma before 50.


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