It is important that we use sun protective items including sunscreen, sun clothing, and sunglasses to protect ourselves from the dangers of the sun while enjoying the outdoors.
Why the need for sun protection?
Overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause skin damage. This skin damage can range in severity from sunburns and rashes to premature wrinkles and skin cancer. In fact, according to the National Cancer Institute there will be more than an estimated 1 million new cases of skin cancer in 2008. Each year more than 53,600 people in the United States are diagnosed with melanoma (the worst form of skin cancer).
What can we do for protection?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has established a program to teach us how to protect ourselves from overexposure to the sun. The program is called Sunwise. Their sun safety action steps are the following:
- Do Not Burn
- Avoid Sun Tanning and Tanning Beds
- Generously Apply Sunscreen
- Wear Protective Clothing
- Seek Shade
- Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow and Sand
- Watch for the UV Index
- Get Vitamin D Safely
UV index, sun clothing, SPF ratings may be terms that are very new to you. The goal of the Sun Clothing Blog is to inform you about the potential dangers of the sun and provide you information that you can consider for helping you protect yourself and your family.