May is National Skin Cancer/Melanoma Awareness Month and the perfect time to think about protecting your skin both indoors and outdoors. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in America. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, approximately 9,500 people are diagnosed with skin cancer every day in the U.S. More than a million new cases occur each year. Sadly, more than 20 Americans die every day from melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
What Causes Skin Cancer?
The Mayo Clinic reports that skin cancer can develop anywhere on the body, even in areas not exposed to the sun. However, it most commonly develops on skin that’s been exposed to sunlight. To reduce your chance of getting skin cancer, the Clinic recommends avoiding exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays or at least limiting your time spent in the sun.
The two types of UV light proven to contribute to the risk for skin cancer are Ultraviolet A (UVA) and Ultraviolet B (UVB). UVA rays cause skin to age and wrinkle, while UVB rays cause skin to burn.
Skin Protection Is Important Indoors Too
Most of us already know how to protect our skin while outdoors. We should do things such as limit our time in the sun, especially during the hottest hours of the day, cover our skin, and wear hats and sunglasses. The FDA recommends applying broad-spectrum sunscreens with a minimum SPF value of 15 to exposed skin.
However, many people don’t realize that the sun’s harmful UV rays still reach us indoors because UV rays can penetrate glass in our homes and at work. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, window glass effectively blocks UVB rays, but 50 percent or more of harmful UVA rays penetrate through the glass. These rays not only put us at risk of developing skin cancer even when we’re inside our homes and workplaces, but they also cause our skin to age. To protect yourself indoors, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends UV window film.
How Window Film Improves Skin Protection
3M™ window films effectively block up to 99% of the sun’s harmful UV rays. 3M™ Sun Control Window Film, for example, is an innovative film designed to minimize the sun’s harmful effects. Micro-thin layers in the film block harmful ultraviolet radiation while allowing plenty of natural light to filter through the glass. This film works well on glass windows, glass doors, and skylights. It’s perfect for both residential and commercial applications.
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In addition to providing skin protection, this UV film reduces glare across device screens and through windows. Glare affects visibility and can cause eyestrain. The film also reduces the fading of wood flooring, carpeting, furniture, artwork, and other valuables inside the home typically caused by exposure to sunlight. Invest in the protection of your skin and belongings with UV protection window film.
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