May is widely recognized as Skin Cancer Awareness Month, putting a spotlight on the most common type of cancer in the United States. The number of skin cancer diagnoses has been on the rise in the last 30 years, with approximately one in five Americans developing skin cancer in their lifetime¹. Additionally, on average, one American dies from melanoma (the most dangerous form of skin cancer) every hour².
Fortunately, skin cancer is the most preventable form of cancer. Exposure to natural and artificial ultraviolet light is a risk factor for all individuals, but avoiding this risk could prevent more than 3 million cases every year. Taking steps to minimize ultraviolet radiation exposure is actually quite easy for anyone to do – the most difficult part is prioritizing it.
To avoid the dangers of unprotected exposure to UV rays, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends a year-round sun protection regimen that includes seeking shade, covering up with clothing, wearing broad-brimmed hats and UV-blocking sunglasses, and using broad spectrum sunscreen every day.
“It’s also important to avoid tanning booths, as they have been proven to increase the risk of skin cancer, and be aware of any new sun marks that may appear on your skin,” said Brooke Moss & Lauren Sundick, board-certified Physician Assistants at Zel Skin & Laser and the founders of The Skin Sisters. "We recommend visiting your Dermatology provider once a year for a skin check and advise that you assess any new or changing moles, or non-healing sores between visits."
When we picture places with high sun exposure, we often think of the outdoors. A common misconception is that being outdoors in direct sunlight is the only time people are exposed to harmful UV rays. However, millions of Americans actually receive a large amount of sun exposure indoors while in their cars and homes.
“As part of a comprehensive sun protection program, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends window tinting as a recommended safeguard against UV damage,” said Moss and Sundick. “To help protect skin from harmful ultraviolet rays, we recommend 3M Window Film at home and in the car.”
3M™ Automotive, Commercial and Residential Window Films provide an effective sun safety solution by blocking up to 99.9 percent of UV rays. Additionally, the films provide up to a total SPF of over 1,000, protecting users from the sun’s damaging rays indoors or in vehicles. 3M Window Films also reduce up to 78 percent of the sun’s heat, eliminating hot spots to keep you comfortable at home, work, or on the road.
The Skin Cancer Foundation has awarded its Seal of Recommendation to window films manufactured by several different brands, including 3M. Products granted the Seal of Recommendation have been proven to provide safe and effective UV radiation protection.
For more information on 3M Window Film, please visit www.3M.com/windowfilm.