Skin Cancer Awareness Tips from the International Window Film Association

Washington, D.C. – May 10, 2017 – The International Window Film Association (IWFA), a nonprofit trade association representing leading manufacturers, distributors and dealers, is proud to support Skin Cancer Awareness Month this May by providing education and awareness on the UV ray protection provided by professionally installed window film.


According to, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime, and each year over 5.4 million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer are treated in more than 3.3 million people in the U.S. While these numbers are startling, there is hope. Skin cancer can be drastically reduced by the use of window film.


“Many people don’t think about the sun damage that can be coming through their windows when sitting by a window at home, at work, or while driving,” says Darrell Smith, Executive Director of the IWFA. “Professionally installed window film offers a high-tech and cost-effective way to help protect both skin and eyes.”


Sunlight streaming through your home, work and car windows can be beautiful, but it can also be dangerous. Deep-penetrating Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays from the sun pass through ordinary glass and account for 90 percent of the sun’s most damaging rays. In fact, a recent study published by JAMA Ophthalmology found that the average side-window of a vehicle may only block about 70% of dangerous UV rays. By blocking up to 99 percent of UV rays from passing through your unprotected windows, professionally installed window film can help keep your skin and eyes healthier and more protected than window glass alone.


“Limiting sun exposure is the most important measures one can take in preventing skin cancer,” says American Society for Dermatologic Surgery President Thomas E. Rohrer, MD. “Both direct and indirect UV rays damage the skin and can lead to skin cancer and signs of aging. Window film provides protection by limiting harmful UV rays whether at home, work or on the road.”


To learn more about how to better protect yourself from the sun in your home, at work, or while driving, be sure to read the IWFA’s Beauty Inside & Out e-Booklet and Consumer Guide to Automotive Window Film e-Booklet. To find professionally accredited window film installers near you, visit the IWFA’s Find An Installer; for more information on NWFD, visit IWFA website.


About the International Window Film Association
The International Window Film Association (IWFA) ( is a unified industry body of window film dealers, distributors, and manufacturers that facilitates the growth of the window film industry though the use of education, research, advocacy and consumer awareness.  The organization builds alliances with trade associations, utilities and government agencies to advance dealers’ and distributors’ businesses and provide value to their customers.


Skylights: Where Interior Design Meets Energy Savings

It’s no secret that a skylight can draw a lot of positive attention to a home. They’re stylish, provide beautiful natural light, and add a modern touch to the traditional ceiling. However, they do much more for a home than amping up its interior design. Skylights do a lot for energy savings and have become a favorite amongst “green” homeowners.


Skylights have become such a popularity because of their ability to provide the warmth and brightness of natural light. Lightening up even the darkest of corners, skylights are a great source of light for large living areas. Using more natural light can lower an electricity bill significantly, not to mention the benefits of losing that harsh iridescent light in a home.


These ceiling windows are also a great source for both heat and crisp air. For those who live in colder climates, a skylight can provide warmth during the winter months by emitting heat from the sun into a living space. They can also be opened and closed, allowing a home to be filled with colder air, lessening the need to run the air conditioning.



Types of Skylights


Skylights- Where Interior Design meets Energy Savings - VentedVented: this is what most would consider the “traditional” style. This skylight can be opened to provide ventilation to a room and also allows natural light to fill the area below. The vented style is often sold in the more traditional square and rectangular shapes.



Skylights- Where Interior Design meets Energy Savings - TubularTubular: rather than the traditional square or rectangular style windows, tubular skylights are rounded and meant to emit smaller amounts of light. This style ranges from 10 inches in diameter to 21 inches in diameter. Tubular skylights are not used for ventilation.



Skylights- Where Interior Design meets Energy Savings- FixedFixed: this style does not open to allow ventilation, but does, however, still provide a beautiful natural light to any room. The fixed style is used mostly for design and warming abilities and can vary in shape.



These beautiful windows can make a very efficient and stylish accent to any home. Not only are skylights perfect to modernize and increase the interior design of any living space, but they also provide energy savings, which in turn, means monetary savings as well!


Enjoy even more energy savings by adding Madico Window Films to your skylight! To find a dealer in your area, call 888-887-2022 or email



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