For the first time ever, the United States Surgeon General has publicly warned against UV radiation in his “Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer.”

“We’ve seen increases

[in melanoma cases] — almost tripling over the last 30 years … we need to do something about it,” said dermatologist and acting Surgeon General Boris D. Lushniak in an interview with The Washington Post.

Acting United States Surgeon General Boris D. Lushniak, a dermatologist, has issued a “Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer.”

“I’ve seen patients with a variety of skin cancers, including people who have died from skin cancer. And it brings to the forefront the facts about melanoma: It’s the deadliest form of skin cancer. Each year we have 63,000-plus cases diagnosed, nearly 9,000 people die. That’s one person every single hour that’s dying from melanoma,” Lushniak said.

Enhanced Sun Protection

While the 100 page report makes no mention of window film specifically, it did recommend that businesses employing drivers or workers who “encounter substantial UV exposure through windows” consider “sun protection policies [that can] include the provision of equipment or modifications to glass in windows.”

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How Can I Protect Myself From UV Rays?

Some people mistakenly believe that they only need to think about sun protection when they are on holiday or spending a day on the beach but this is not true.

Prolonged and unprotected exposure to sunlight begins to add up each time you are in the sun and you must therefore take steps to limit your exposure to harmful UV rays.

How Does the Sun Damage Skin?

UV rays penetrate deep into the skin and damage cells. These cells are then at risk of becoming cancerous. You can’t feel UV rays damaging your skin and it happens even when the sun doesn’t feel hot.

Getting sunburnt causes the top layers of skin to release chemicals that make blood vessels swell and leak fluids. Skin turns red and feels hot and painful, and severe sunburn can lead to swelling and blisters.

“Sunburn is dangerous at any age, but it’s especially harmful in children and young people,” says Katy Scammell of Cancer Research UK’s SunSmart campaign. “Sunburn in childhood can greatly increase your risk of developing skin cancer later in life.”

After you’ve been sunburnt, the skin peels to get rid of damaged cells. Eventually, it will heal and look healthy, but permanent damage may have been done. Some experts believe that just one episode of blistering sunburn before the age of 20 can double your chance of getting malignant melanoma.

Effective Protection

You don’t have to avoid the sun completely. And it would be unwise to stay inside if it would keep you from being active, because physical activity is important for good health.

As such, finding alternative protection has now taken on increased importance.

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