Tips for keeping cool in the summer and avoiding harmful U.V. Special

Posted Aug 3, 2014 by Tim Sandle
July was U.S. National Ultraviolet (U.V.) Safety Month and August is set to be the hottest month of the year. With health officials reminding people that U.V. radiation is a problem, Digital Journal spoke with a leading eye doctor.
The sun is pictured through low clouds as a Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion aircraft searches for ...
The sun is pictured through low clouds as a Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion aircraft searches for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean, on March 29, 2014
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Digital Journal spoke with Beverly Hills eye surgeon, Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler. Dr. Boxer Walcher explained that health professionals are most concerned with the damage that U.V. radiation can potentially cause. Sunlight is blamed for a host of health problems including:
Skin Cancers: The most common type of cancer in the U.S., with more than 3.5 million skin cancers diagnosed in over 2 million people annually. There are two types of skin cancer: "non-melanoma," which distinguishes more common kinds of skin cancer from the less common skin cancer known as melanoma, which spreads faster in the body and these are more serious.
Cataracts: The most common cause of treatable blindness worldwide, and U.V. radiation has been directly linked to cataracts.
Dr. Boxer Walcher adds that according to SkinCancer.Org, at least 10 percent of cataract cases are directly attributable to UV exposure. In the U.S. alone, more than one million operations to remove cataracts are performed every year.
In relation to eye damage, Dr. Boxer Wachler has noticed, through years of practice that cataracts occurred much more frequently and severely in the left eyes of his patients than right eyes. Curious, Dr. Boxer Wachler began researching this phenomenon and came across a study published last year which found that skin cancer also occurs more frequently on the left side of the body than the right.
Dr. Boxer Wachler found that the front windshield provided an average of 96% UV protection, ranging from 95-98 percent. However, with the driver’s side window he discovered an alarming average of 71 percent UV radiation protection, with a wide range all the way from 55 percent to 96 percent.
Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler concludes that his finding show the importance of not only wearing sunscreen while playing outside, but also of protecting yourself while behind the wheel.
The study is titled “Increased prevalence of left-sided skin cancers” and it was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.