Window tinting can aid against spread of skin cancer

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Side close-up of a car with window tinting.

Window tinting provides added UV protection. (Photo Credit: CC BY/Steewen1/Wikipedia)

The sun’s ultraviolet rays can quickly heat up the interior of your car and cause sunburns, unless a driver has protection. Sunblock is one safeguard, but window tinting can also provide some UV protection. Unfortunately, not enough drivers make the tinting film investment, the result of which is increasing instances of skin cancer.

Window tinting looks good

The dark, mysterious look window tinting gives a car (provided the amount of tinting is within legally allowed parameters) is sought after, and there are the side benefits of decreasing glare and keeping the car’s interior cool. Tinting film even works as a near-shatterproof barrier when applied to auto glass, which increases vehicle security.

Yet as Houston, Texas-based company X-pert Tint and Alarms points out, window tinting also protects against harmful UV rays. Even though the body of a car may protect the driver or passenger’s head and face from the sun, neck and arms are in danger of developing skin cancer. Such instances of cancer are growing in number, according to a recent study by the New England Journal of Medicine.

Consumers aren’t buying tint for used cars

Automotive dealers in sun-heavy states like Florida have been extolling the virtues of window tinting for years, but apparently not enough consumers have been listening.

“We do offer window tinting that protects you from UV rays,” said Matt Buchanan of Sarasota Ford. “We pre-load all of our new vehicles with window tinting since the sun is so bright in Florida.”

While Sarasota Ford applies 3M Accents window tint film to all new vehicles in-house, it is offered as an aftermarket accessory on pre-owned vehicles. Not enough customers agree to have it installed.

“Customers sometimes ask for it, but not very regularly to be applied on their own, if they purchase a used car,” Buchanan said. “They do like it preloaded on the new vehicles.”

The sun shines everywhere

Demand for window tinting is reportedly low in states that are considered “non-sunshine,” but that’s a misnomer. The sun shines everywhere, and protection against ultraviolet light is always important. Sun penetrates the epidermis and the dermis layers of skin, causing a condition called unilateral dermatoheliosis, or photo aging. Skin becomes thicker, it wrinkles, and according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the UVA-type rays that are so dominant in tanning scenarios can easily lead to skin cancer.

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Using a powerful sunblock during summer, particularly one that moisturizes, is gone health sense during summer. Eventually, frequent drivers everywhere must come to realize that window tinting is also necessary, unless they think they can beat skin cancer.


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