How much time do you spend in the car? More than 20 minutes increase the risk of cancer
Have we ever wondered if just getting in the car is dangerous? A new study reveals that if we spend more than 20 minutes inside the vehicle we could be putting our health in danger.
A new study has revealed something we never would have thought could be this serious. If we think about it coldly, it could make sense, and more so when we explain the details of the study.
There are days when we do not step on the car, due to the issue of confinement and teleworking, but there are other days when we use them for a long period of time that, of course, exceeds the 20 minutes that the study comments.
The study comes direct from the University of California at Riverside and comments that spending more than 20 minutes in the car can increase the chances of getting cancer throughout our life.
But … where exactly is the danger? Our car may be clean and the most beautiful in the province, but the risk still exists. According to the study, there are two specific elements that are toxic for us and are found inside the car with some ease.
On the one hand we have formaldehyde and the other is the benzene. Both are chemical products and although our car is very clean, these elements are in the floor mats (can be washed in the washing machine), in the combustible and even in the painting of the car itself.
These chemical agents can cause cancer and even developmental defects. The study is based in California and they comment that 90% of people are 10% more likely to breathe these substances.
Other data funny is that every year that passes increases the time we spend in the car. The study maintains that in 2018 it was about 27 minutes on average and now we are going for 30 minutes (each way).
The study clarifies that spending more than 20 minutes in our car they do not ensure that we will have cancer, since it is a theory that needs more research, but they do suggest that this time is enough to be more likely to breathe formaldehyde and benzene and, as a consequence, increase the chances of having cancer throughout our lives.
Risk lurks wherever we go, but sometimes we can do little. In this case we can change the car for another means of transport or reduce its use considerably, there are also foods that reduce the appearance of cancer.