Exposure to uv light causes damage to dna in skin cells, increases the risk of skin cancer and accelerates signs of aging such as fine lines, deep wrinkles and dark spots. Tanning is the bodys natural response to the interaction between uv radiation and melanin. Essentially, ultraviolet a uva rays transmitted through the window of his delivery truck have severely damaged the skin on the left side of his face during the 28 years he has spent driving on the job. Preventative measures go a long way in minimizing sun damage. All of the brightening and lighting serums, expensive peels, laser treatments and skin care in the world is not going to fix your sun damage if you just go right back into the sun and increase the damage again. Ultraviolet uv light makes up just a small portion of the sun s rays, but it is the primary cause of skin damage. According to the journal, chronic uva exposure can result in thickening of the skins top layers, the epidermis and stratum corneum, as well as destruction of the skins elastic fibers. To avoid sun damage as a truck driver, apply sunscreen to any exposed area every time you get into your truck for a long ride, regardless of the season. Read these cdl truck driver sun protection tips to take simple, concrete steps to protect themselves from skin cancer and sunburn at work this summer. Photo then edited to see how he would look with and without sun exposure. If youre a professional truck driver, you get a lot of sun exposure every day, and its mostly to the left side of your face. For drivers in the usa that would be the left side and in australia, it is.
Chronic uva exposure can result in thickening of the skin, as well as a drastic decrease in skin elasticity. Its a fact that the only way you can develop premature wrinkling and other damage of your facial skin is by unprotected sun exposure. There are studies that show people who drive with their windows down tend to have a slightly higher rate of cancer on the side of their bodies that are exposed to more sun. Bill mcelligott had been driving his milk delivery truck for 28 years, without sun protection. The damage is typically limited to the left side of the face, since the position of the driver s side window leaves this side more exposed to the sun s harsh rays. The physical examination showed hyperkeratosis with accentuated ridging, mul. Truck driver bill mcelligott, 69, has unilateral dermatoheliosis, according to the new england journal of medicine. Half of truck drivers face prematurely aged due to sun. I often show them a photo of a truck driver whose face is vastly aged on the left side from the sun. That being said, some teens are not concerned with their looks, and. Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. Occurs when unrepaired dna damage to skin cells most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds triggers mutations, or genetic defects, that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors. One face, but two sides of a story society the guardian.
Shocking photo that reveals the damage the sun does to. Premature wrinkling, skin condition, skin damage, truck driver, ultraviolet rays, unilateral, unilateral dermatoheliosis, wrinkles comments off on sun induced aging. The 69 yearold truck driver a sunbather ultraviolet a uva rays had penetrated his drivers side window glass, damaging the outermost layers and sublayers of his skin. Clearly, rolling up your windows wont help since these sun rays permeate the glass.
Part of being a truck driver is understanding the risks of the job. Truck drivers startling onesided sun damage telegraph. Aside from avoiding accidents and staying awake on a long haul, theres one major risk you probably havent thought about. A truck driver s sun worn face has been used as the perfect example of what damage uv rays can do to the skin. This man has the left side of his face damaged by the sun. How to talk to your teen about tanning the skin cancer. Melanin serves a shield, absorbing the uv rays to limit damage to your dna.
Photo of truck driver shows what 28 years of sun damage. This shocking pic of a truck driver shows what 28 years of. The truck driver took the brunt of the damage on the left side of his. People who are tanning freaks get that leathery looking skin, but they seem to think they look good. Some reflect sunlight, others scatter the light, and some absorb the uv rays before they reach your skin. So its crucial that you use suncream, even when its cloudy and crap outside. And, even if the sun doesnt feel warm, it can still damage your skin. Truck driver face is the result of sun damage after years and massive hours behind the wheel driving a truck. His condition is called unilateral dermatoheliosis, from. Truckers need to heed potential sun damage go by truck. Truck driver face what it is and how to prevent it. He had a preexisting condition which may or may not have been worsened by the sun. The biggest takehome message from all of this is that you can get uv radiation through window glass even if you are just running an errand.
Truck drivers and skin damage years of sun exposure myths about uva and uvb rays. Sun damaged one side of truckers face cnn the striking photograph of a 69 year old truck driver in a recent new england journal of medicine article shows just how damaging the sun can be. A startling photo published in the new england journal of medicine shows the longterm effects of sun exposure, but only on one side of the face sixtynineyearold delivery truck driver bill mcelligott spent 28 years with the left side of his face exposed to the sun. Chronic sun exposure damages truckers skin through glass the striking photograph of a 69 year old truck driver in a recent new england journal of medicine article shows just how damaging the sun can be to your skin.
A 69yearold man, who worked as a truck driver for nearly 28 years, has now developed a gradual thickening of the skin on the left side of the face that occurs from ultraviolet rays that. This photo shows what 28 years of sun damage does to your. People who do a lot of driving are more likely to have sun damage and skin cancers on the left side of the face, which receives more uv ultraviolet radiation than the right. Apart from ageing the skin, they also carry skin cancer risks, due to the breakdown of dna and direct toxicity. Its an accepted fact that direct sunlight can damage skin. The images on this website are intended for educational purposes. Scientists said that this process can also lead to skin cancer.
A 69yearold man presented with a history of gradual thickening and wrinkling of the skin on the left side of his face. Avoiding sun burning, wearing protective clothing, and avoiding sun exposure, especially during peak periods of uv exposure, such as midday, can significantly lower the risk of damage to the skin. Recent research shows why sun exposure causes so much damage to skin. As a professional flatbed truck driver, you get a lot of sun exposure every day, and its mostly to the left side of your face and your left arm. This photo shows what 28 years of sun damage does to your face.
Even in the winter, you are exposed to uva rays all day long. Google uv camera sun and you can see examples of the hidden damage on skin. This shocking pic of a truck driver shows what sun damage. Sun damaged one side of truckers face the striking photograph of a 69 year old truck driver in a recent new england journal of medicine article shows just how damaging the sun can be to your. A new striking image of a 69yearold truck driver shows just how much damage the sun can do. As if worrying about safe parking, fuel costs, and oblivious drivers veering into blind spots wasnt enough to worry about, cbs news recently shined a light, so to speak, on another danger truck drivers need to consider as they roll down the road. The face of an elderly truck driver shows how the suns powerful and dangerous uv rays can slowly destroy the fabric of the skin. We all knew that being exposed to the sun makes you age prematurely, but seeing the dramatic difference in a single face is just stunning. When uv rays penetrate the skin, a form of radiation is transferred which interacts with melanin, a naturally produced substance of the skin. Sun damage is not limited to cancer, with other damage including wrinkles, uneven or splotchy skin tone, freckles, solar lentigines age spots, and actinic keratosis which is an early sign of skin cancer. Whenever possible i have attempted to acknowledge creators. This picture of a truck driver and the damage prolonged exposure to the sun did to the left side. Read on for 4 simple sun protection tips for truck drivers.
Here are some important tips that may help lessen the impact of uv exposure on truck drivers. Published by the new england journal of medicine, the picture features a 69yearold man who has spent nearly. Truck driver exposed to chronic sun on drivers side. The uva rays are often associated with tanning as theyre the ones that will change your skin s color. If i was to tan 30 minutes a day for a year, would i get. Only one side of the driver s face has been regularly exposed to the sun. This man is 69 years old, but one half of his face looks far older, due to years of sun damage to his left side. Uvb rays are the rays you can blame when you get a sunburn. Uva vs uvb while we are sitting in our cars, the sun is emitting two rays that can harm our health. Unlike uva rays, these rays arent always the same strength year round.
It is horrible and you will only be asking for this for yourself. The face of an elderly truck driver shows how the sun s powerful and dangerous uv rays can slowly destroy the fabric of the skin. Subsequently, while the right side of his face is aging quite well, the left side looks considerably older than the right. Striking photo reveals dark side of sunshine live science. You can tell what side of his face was damaged by the sun. Chronic sun exposure damages truckers skin through glass. It is most often a result of exposure to ultraviolet uv radiation from sunlight or from artificial sources, such as a tanning lamp found in indoor tanning beds. Truck drivers face risk of skin damage from years of sun. The truck driver took the brunt of the damage on the left side of his face because of his many hours behind the wheel. Essentially, ultraviolet a uva rays transmitted through the window of his delivery truck have severely damaged the skin on the left side of. And closed windows or not uva, the longer rays responsible skins ageing, can penetrate through. Bill mcelligott, delivery truck driver, has severe sun. Trucker accumulates skin damage on left side of his face.100 216 1208 779 169 1369 853 209 1233 1550 60 623 916 1015 897 1236 1511 1207 1091 488 275 1461 111 1293 845 1474 505 27 871 1134 804 1271 149 877 729 1332 1162 1029 436 235 1338 30