Skin cancer is no longer just a summer problem. Most of the damage done to your skin happens by the age of 20, according to the Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery. Skincancer.org reports that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their life.
Protection is the key, and one way to protect yourself is window film. “Many people don’t think about the sun damage that can be coming through their windows when sitting by a window at home, at work, or while driving,” says Darrell Smith, executive director of the International Window Film Association. “Professionally installed window film offers a high-tech and cost-effective way to help protect both skin and eyes.”
- The association’s press release also offered these tips for reducing the risk of skin cancer:
- Take advantage of free skin cancer screenings offered at local hospitals, health fairs, and community events.
- Put sunscreen on even on cloudy days and be sure to use the correct amount—1 ounce, roughly the size of your palm.
- Use professionally installed window film to ensure your home, office, and vehicle windows are covered properly.
- Examine your skin regularly for changes in existing moles, freckles, bumps, and birthmarks, and new skin growths or changes.
If you’re unsure, see your dermatologist immediately. “Limiting sun exposure is the most important measure one can take in preventing skin cancer,” says Dr. Thomas E. Rohrer, president of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. “Both direct and indirect UV rays damage the skin and can lead to skin cancer and signs of aging.
Window film provides protection by limiting harmful UV rays, whether at home, work, or on the road.” Check out the IWFA’s Beauty Inside & Out e-Booklet and Consumer Guide to Automotive Window Film e-Booklet on the website.