Never Under Estimate UV Exposure Hazards
We are more worried about smoking hazards and junk food eating hazards, because they have been well promoted by media. But what do we know about the sun UV hazards?
One of the most deadliest cancers is Melanoma! Though it is only 5% of all known skin cancers, it is in charge of vast majority of the deaths.
Here are some facts many people may want to know (though it is more easy to ignore than to face them).
Skin Cancer.org website has these facts about the deadly melanoma:
- Melanoma is one of only three cancers with an increasing mortality rate for men, along with liver cancer and esophageal cancer.14
- Survivors of melanoma are about nine times as likely as the general population to develop a new melanoma.15
- The vast majority of mutations found in melanoma are caused by ultraviolet radiation.16
- Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for young people 15-29 years old.17
- A person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns.19 See more
As mentioned above, getting more than 5 skin burns means your body got excessive amounts of UV, which caused skin tissue to blister, which doubles the risk for melanoma. The same UV which causes the mutations found in melanoma to spread.
How To Reduce UV Exposure
It is important to understand that UV is around us all the time. UV rays are close to visible light, which means if there is sun light around us, there is UV around us. Even when sitting in the shade there will be UV reflected from other objects and surfaces. UV can reflect from sand, snow, water and glossy surfaces like glass and cars.
Tip 1 – Stay away from direct sun light. It is wise not to expose skin to direct sun light, especially at the peak hours which are 10:00-16:00.
Tip 2 – Never use tanning beds. They emit large amounts of UV directly on your skin.
Tip 3 – Cover up. Wear long sleeve shirts, a hat, long pants, a second layer, sun glasses. Though regular clothes do not block UV type A, they can reduce your exposure to UV type B (which cause skin burns).
Tip 4 – Use broad spectrum block creams. Regular SPF creams are nearly worthless! They filter only UV-B but zero UV-A. Apply only sun block creams which filter UVA+UVB.
To Really Be Protected From UV 24/7
The UV is blazing during summer because the earth is tilted toward the sun, and more UV radiation is reaching the earth’s surface.
Most of us do not have the ability to pick when to be exposed to sun light and UV. If you are in your car each day for 2 hours, then you are exposed in the “glass box” for 2 hours of UVA which penetrates glass. Researchers found that men tend to develop more melanoma on their left side of the body which gets more sun in the car!
Walking to school or walking to the office, or sitting in the park, they are all occasions we are exposed to hours of UV which adds up into an annual excessive dose. Joggers and runners, get hours of UV, so do bicycle riders, and hikers. Some people work outside or drive around all day, policemen, sports teachers, construction workers, salesmen.
Regular clothes do not protect from UV, they merely filter 10% of it. They do reduce UV-B, but like SPF clothes do not block UVA.
Ultraviolet Protection Clothes Are The Answer
The first UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) clothes were invented. They used all kinds of weaving and dyes to reduce UV penetration of the fabrics.
This was 20 years ago.
Today the skin cancer is a threat, which worries everyone who lives in a sunny state. UPF clothes have been modified, there are thousands of designs, colors and clothing items, for men, women and children!
Find Your Ultraviolet Protection Outfit:
There are protective T shirts, and UV blocking wraps, hats, UV sleeves and pants which reduce UV by 99%. Most of the items can be purchased at Amazon, with their high class shipping and guarantee.
There are UV filtering masking films for home windows and UV blocking garden canopy sails, UV blankets for babies and even UV covers for pets.