Window Film Fights Skin Cancer

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.

 

 

General Precautions

 

General PrecautionsThere 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.

 

 

Window Exposure

 

Window ExposureWhile 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 as a ProtectorWindow 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.

 

 

Take Action

 

Take ActionSkin 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.

   

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 SkinCancer.org, 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) (www.iwfa.com) 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.