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WEBXTRA: Sun damage is possible inside buildings and vehicles

Sun shines down on cars. Sun shines down on cars.
Cars driving on a busy road. (Source: KTRE Staff) Cars driving on a busy road. (Source: KTRE Staff)
People working on computers at an office. (Source: KTRE Staff) People working on computers at an office. (Source: KTRE Staff)

By Haley Squiers

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Sun safety is traditionally something to worry about outside, at the pool or the beach. But it’s something to consider if you’re exposed to sunlight inside a car or office.

The recommendation to practice sun safety even while inside – like an office, comes from a study in Clinical Interventions in Aging.

Family Practice Physician, Karina Urquia, of Lufkin, adds that the presence of a glass window next to a working area could be causing sun damage to the people who work inside.

“If you had a cubicle, you have the glass window, there’s direct sunlight coming through, and it is hitting your arm or your leg, there could possibly be sun damage to that area,” Urquia said. “And, then, yes, overtime, there could be some consequences related to that.”

Sun exposure can also become serious in extended periods of time spent in the car.

“If you are in situations like that where you drive for a living and you’re going to be exposed to the sun, it probably wouldn’t hurt to be extra careful and put a little bit on,” Urquia said.

The Skin Cancer Foundation found that the transference of the sun’s rays through windows is 50 percent with building windows and 60 percent with car windows.

Those who’d like to practice sun safety are advised to use sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and is SPF 30 or above. Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours, and make-up with an SPF should not be used in place of facial sunscreen. 

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