Since 1979, The Skin Cancer Foundation has continually been working toward educating the public and the medical profession about the risks associated with skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world, diagnosing more than 13 million cases each year. To increase awareness of this issue further, May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month. During this month we are frequently reminded of what skin cancer is and how it can be prevented.
There are several precautions you can take to decrease your chances of getting skin cancer. The number of cases can drop dramatically with some behavior modifications, which is why this cancer is considered a lifestyle disease. You can reduce the risk of skin cancer by avoiding long exposure to intense sunlight. By covering up your body with protective clothing, wearing a hat and sunglasses, as well as using sunscreen, you can minimize the threat of skin damage from high UV exposure.
While most associate skin cancer with being outside and exposed to the sun’s rays, it is important to note that you can be in your car, at work or at home, and still be a victim of the sun’s damaging UV rays. Approximately 53% of skin cancers in the U.S. occur on the left side of your body – that is the drivers’ side of the body. Your car’s side and back windows expose you to more than 60 percent of UVA rays, however this can be prevented.
Window Film as a Protector
Window film, sometimes referred to as window tint, is not only a better, more cost effective way to save on your energy bills, but it also helps reduce the amount of UV exposure passing through your windows. Professionally installed window film will help block damaging UVA and UVB rays that cause skin cancer. When window film is properly installed, up to 99% of the sun’s harmful UV rays are blocked from passing through the window. Window film is a great form of protection because it lessens the risk of premature aging and skin cancer while still letting in visible light.
Skin Cancer Awareness Month is a good reminder to all of us to take the necessary actions to protect ourselves from the sun’s UV rays year round. Even when the sun is covered by clouds, you are still exposed to the UVA and UVB rays. Don’t overlook the effectiveness of sun protection! Consider having window film professionally installed to your windows to protect yourself and your loved ones.