CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Your driver side window may have something to do with your risk of skin cancer and cataracts, according to a new study.
Researchers found that while front windshields in vehicles tend to have higher protection against ultraviolet A (UV-A) light, there is often less protection in side windows.
According to the study, that may explain increased rates in left-sided facial skin cancer, and cataracts in left eyes. UV-A light is linked to increased risks of both skin cancer and the formation of cataracts.
The study of 29 vehicles from 15 manufacturers found the average UV-A protection of front-windshields was 96 percent, while the average side-window blockage was 71 percent.