Skin Cancer Prevention through Protective Clothing
More and more people are becoming aware that over exposure to the sun can have serious consequences for their health. It is known that the ultraviolet rays from the sun can often cause painful sunburn and skin damage, which includes premature aging and skin cancer. The need to use sun protective clothing is an important defense in the prevention of skin cancer.
Many people believe that wearing their normal summer clothing protects the body from UV radiation damage. However, new research from the Morehouse School of Medicine shows that normal summer clothing may not have sufficient protective qualities to protect the body from the sun’s damaging rays. Ultraviolet protection provided by any fabric depends upon:
* Weave: Tighter weave is better
* Color: Dark colors absorb more UV radiation
* Weight of Fabric: Heavier is better
* Stretch: Less stretch is better
* Wetness: Fabrics that stay dry are better
Using a sunscreen SPF 15+ (Sun Protective Factor) can help in protecting the exposed parts of the body although, in practice, people do not usually apply sufficient amounts of sunscreen or reapply as often as recommended.
Wearing clothing with a UPF30 (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) that follows industry standards will protect the wearer against 97% of harmful UV rays. What is the difference between SPF and UPF? SPF is a rating used for sunscreens and UPF is a rating used for clothing. For more information on UV rays please visit: http://www.arpansa.gov.au
It is important to understand that many factors affect the intensity of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. The season, time of day, cloud cover, smog, shade, the skin’s melanin content (lighter skins have less protection) and geographical latitude. It is also important to have sensible exposure to the sun to synthesize vitamin D within our bodies, not only for bone health, but overall health and well being.
To protect yourself