This blog explores the reasons why despite the alarming increase in skin cancer rates the general public continue to expose their skin to the sun without protection. Reasons put forward include low levels of awareness of skin cancer, popular culture trends, the fact that we are living longer, spending more time outdoors, and concerns about Vitamin D.
This blog describes the features of a sun hat if you are looking to be protected from the sun, to prevent skin cancer, skin ageing and sunburn. The features of a sun hat which offer maximum sun protection include a UPF50+ rating, a broad brim and a neck flap. A UPF50+ broad brim sun hat is key to skin cancer prevention.
This blog confirms that the vast majority of melanomas and skin cancers are treatable if caught at an early stage. Skin cancer death rates increase materially if detected at more advanced stages particularly in the case of melanoma. Wearing UPF 50+ sun protective clothing will allow you to lead a sun safe lifestyle.
This blog confirms that someone with more than 50 common moles is deemed higher risk of skin cancer and melanoma (Source: Yale Medicine). Also, someone who has more than 10 irregular moles is 12 times more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma compared to the general population (Source: Cancer Foundation).
This blog confirms that you can go outdoors and be sunsafe at the same time. It is best to avoid the middle of the day in the summer months as the UV tends to be at its highest levels then. You can go outside safely by wearing UPF 50+ sun protective clothing, a broad-brim sun hat and a sunscreen with SPF 30.
This blog highlights that fake tanning products do not protect you from potential sun damage. More worryingly the University of Wollongong found that people who use self tanning products are less likely to protect themselves and are more likely to experience sunburn thinking that they are already protected.
Not all clothing is created equal when it comes to sun protection. Regular summer clothes may have an Ultra Protection Factor rating (UPF) as low as 5.
A UPF of 5 provides little sun protection and lets large amounts of sunlight and UV rays pass through. This can lead to skin damage, premature skin ageing, skin cancer and melanoma.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends sun protective clothing as the best way to protect your skin against the sun's damaging rays. Solbari UPF50+ clothing, sun hats and accessories provide the highest sun protection rating for fabrics and block out 98% of harmful UV rays.