Skin Cancer and UV Lighting Information
T he average person is aware of what the sun can do to their skin, yet far too often we ignore this information while continuing to place ourselves in harmful environments. We assume the clothes we are wearing are protecting us, and the random application of sunscreen will suffice. Sadly, Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation is just not this simple.
The American Cancer Society breaks down the 3 types of UV rays and their affects:
UVA – this ray will age skin cells and can damage their DNA. These rays are linked to long-term skin damage such as wrinkles, but they are also thought to play a role in some skin cancers.
UVB – these have slightly more energy than UVA rays. They can damage the skin cells’ DNA directly, and are the main rays that cause sunburns. They are also thought to cause most skin cancers.
UVC – have more energy that the other types of UV rays, but they don’t get thru our atmosphere and are not in sunlight.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. Over the past 31 years, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined. Nearly 13 million are living with a history of either Basal cell carcinomas (most common type of skin cancer…appear as small fleshy bumps or nodules on the head and neck) or Squamous cell carcinomas (tumors that may appear as nodules or as red, scaly patches), while nearly 800,000 are living with a history of Melanoma (the most serious form of skin cancer). Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will be diagnosed with at least one of the two types of cancer. Melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, is now one of the most common cancers among adolescents and young adults ages 15-29 according to recent studies from the EPA. While melanoma accounts for about three percent of skin cancer cases, it causes more than 75 percent of skin cancer deaths.http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts
The Skin Cancer Foundation has done extensive research on the protective qualities of the clothing the average person is wearing. In simple terms, your average cotton t-shirt ranges from 4-12 Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF). These numbers will vary per thickness of material, color, moisture in the air, moisture from your body, chlorine, amount the garment has been washed, along with many other factors. A common misconception is that because your skin isn’t tanned or burned that you are not affected by the UV rays. This simply isn’t true.
UV Personal Protective Equipment’s call to action is to educate and provide businesses, and their employees, with the highest quality in UV protective work wear. Born from a passion for personal safety and environmental consciousness, we at UVPPE want to raise awareness to the hazardous environments we are exposing to our bodies. Just knowing about the issues isn’t enough, we also want to provide solutions. We went through great lengths to create dynamic and effective UV protective clothing for the commercial space, with an emphasis on protection, comfort and durability. When you are wearing UVPPE, you can rest assured knowing your body is protected, allowing you to focus on the tasks at hand.