The Effects of UV Radiation on the Human Body
The media is flooded with information about the need to wear sunscreen but few people understand the science behind those warnings or the consequences of ignoring them. Ultraviolet radiation has been shown to contribute to all three types of skin cancer:
Skin cancer, sunburn, pigment spots, rashes, cataracts, retina damage, and wrinkles have all been linked to exposure to ultra-violet radiation. While scientists work on ways to repair this damage, the best possible defense is prevention. It is never too late to start protecting your skin and eyes from UV damage. Ultra-violet screening techniques and limiting sun exposure can prevent further damage and in some cases the damage may be reversible with proper protection. Living in the dark would be as unhealthy to mental well-being as basking in the sun is to the skin and eyes. Using common sense and taking advantage of the ultra-violet screening techniques available will help protect you and your family from the damage caused by the sun's UV rays.
Protection from UVB
Protection from UVA
Special Notes about Vehicles
One of the times when one is at the highest risk to UVA exposure is when in an automobile. Long periods in a glass enclosed area and the closeness of the driver and passengers to sun drenched glass create a dangerous vulnerability to UVA rays. Automobile glass reduces UVB rays but does not screen out UVA rays; the band of ultraviolet rays that has been linked to melanoma skin cancer. UV screening film will also reduce heat entering the vehicle and thereby reduce heat build up. To protect against excessive repeated exposure to UVA while in a vehicle, a UV screening film is a must.
Making Prevention a Habit
These tips may sound overwhelming but they easily can become habit. Sunscreen application will soon be like shaving or applying make-up. Sunglasses are already widely used and wide-brimmed hats in many styles are available in stores everywhere. The easiest tip of all may be the installation of UV screening film on your vehicle. Once done, you can forget about it. The film will be working whenever you or your family use the vehicle. Remember small dose of UV everyday will add up to years of sun exposure. Don't hide from the sun, just learn to enjoy it safely.