A Major Public Health Problem
“Skin Cancer.” Nearly everyone’s heard the term, but many simply brush it off as something that doesn’t apply to them, isn’t that serious, or just won’t become a real concern in their lifetime. Tuesday morning however, the Surgeon General issued a Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer, and quite a few heads turned! The Call to Action touches on nearly every aspect of skin cancer and sun safety that our sun protection apparel company, UV Skinz, has been preaching for years, but we are simply thrilled this serious issue is finally starting to get the attention it NEEDS. Skin cancer warnings go in one ear and out the other for many, but with the Surgeon General’s new Call to Action making headlines, we’re hoping awareness has finally begun to sink in and more action will be made to prevent skin cancer. Here are a few key points we wanted to pull from the report and really emphasize:
• Did you know that as many as 90% of melanomas (the deadliest form of skin cancer) are estimated to be caused by UV exposure? That is a scary-high number… but if we look at this figure from a positive standpoint, it suggests that 90% of melanomas can be prevented by reducing intentional UV exposure (and increasing sun protection!).
• The estimated costs for skin cancer treatments are currently 8.1 BILLION. That’s money that could be used towards more enjoyable and productive things, like education, travel, home improvements, recreational activities, (you get the idea…). • Noevidenceexiststosuggestthatindoortanningissaferthan tanningoutdoors
• None. It just doesn’t exist. Let that sink in. Many tanning salon owners will use the defense that tanning indoors is a regulated amount of exposure, whereas tanning outdoors is not, so it’s safer. You also may have heard the argument that tanning indoors provides you with a “base tan” that will protect against sunburn. Neither defense holds any ground for 2 BIG reasons. The first reason: NO TAN is ever safe, period. A tan is your body’s response to skin damage, so if you’re tanning indoors or outdoors, neither option is a “safe” option. The second reason: indoor tanning provides intense, shorter spurts of UV exposure, that can be more powerful than sunshine. The Surgeon General’s Call to Action mentions studies have shown (depending on the device used) the amount of UV rays being omitted from a tanning device can be anywhere from 4-13x more than what someone would be exposed to on a midday summer afternoon in the District of Columbia.
Our company stands by this 100%. UV Skinz has been supporting skin cancer awareness events and public efforts to promote sun safety for years. With more support, knowledge, and backing, we can all work together to prevent skin cancer (seriously!).