There’s nothing as pleasant as sitting outside in the sunshine on a beautiful day. We love the sun for the warm, bright light it provides and its mood-boosting qualities. The sun’s solar energy sustains all life on Earth. Without it, we’d really be left in the dark. But although the sun is necessary for our survival, it comes at a cost.
The sun’s energy produces ultraviolet radiation, which can be extremely harmful to your health with prolonged exposure. Not only can UV rays cause premature aging and sunburn, but they also dramatically increase your risk for skin cancer.
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, an effort led by the Skin Cancer Foundation to educate the public on the dangers of UV radiation and how you can better protect yourself. Here are some facts about skin cancer and ways you can reduce your risk factors.
Skin Cancer Is the Most Common Cancer
Did you know that more than 9,600 people are diagnosed with skin cancer every day in the United States? It’s the most common cancer in the U.S. and worldwide. UV radiation from the sun causes 90% of nonmelanoma skin cancers and 85% of melanoma cases.
The good news is that there are actionable steps you can take to prevent skin cancer. Staying in the shade, using sunscreen, and getting skin checks regularly are all things you can do to reduce your chances. But there’s also another way you can help protect yourself and your whole family: UV protection window film.
Using UV Protection Window Film to Lower Your Risk
UV radiation isn’t something we can see, but we can feel it on our skin. Two types of ultraviolet rays contribute to skin cancer: UVA and UVB. UVA rays cause aging, while UVB rays are what can give you a sunburn. Both types of UV rays can increase your risk of skin cancer and premature aging.
Even when you’re inside your home or at your office, UV rays can travel through the glass if you’re sitting near a window. Although most glass filters out UVB rays as they have a shorter wavelength, longer UVA rays can pass through easily.
That’s why the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using UV protection window film in residential and commercial buildings as well as on your vehicle.
Benefits of UV Protection Window Film
- Blocks up to 99% of UV Rays
- Reduces your risk for skin cancer
- Improves energy efficiency
- Protects against fading
UV protection window film blocks up to 99% of damaging ultraviolet rays. By reducing your exposure to the sun’s radiation, you can lessen your chances of developing skin cancer.
Skin cancer protection isn’t the only benefit of installing window film in your home. UV protection window film reflects heat away from your home to boost energy efficiency and improve comfort.
UV rays are also damaging to your furniture, rugs, artwork, and other valuables, causing them to fade in color over time. Using window film will keep your furnishings looking like new for longer by dramatically slowing the fading process.
Sun Protection While You Drive
UV rays also pass through car windows when you’re on the go. This fact is illustrated by the higher instances of age spots and cancer on the left side of your body, the side closest to the driver’s side door. Just as window film helps block UV rays on the windows of your home, it also helps protect you from damaging sun rays when you drive.
If you could help protect your family against cancer simply by adding a layer of film to your windows, wouldn’t that be worth the investment? Request a free consultation with one of our window film experts to get started.
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