Sun Safety

There are certain facts that we need to know about cancer!

  • There are over 1,000,000 new cases of skin cancer each year in the United States.
  • An estimated 10,000 Americans will die from skin cancer this year.
  • Skin Cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S.
  • One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
  • One American dies every hour from skin cancer.
  • Most skin cancer is preventable.
  • Most skin cancers are caused by over exposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB radiation.
  • Severe sunburns in childhood and greatly increased risk of melanoma later in life, children, in particular should be protected from the sun.
  • About 80% of a person’s total lifetime UV exposure occurs in the first 18 years of life.
  • Sun safety (in order of importance) = limiting time in the sun (includes seeking shade) wearing protective clothing and using sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more.

Skin cancer has become an epidemic globally, with the widening of the ozone layer we have become more susceptible to over exposure to uv rays of the sun, it is therefore important for us all to practice sun safety practices when outdoors. Studies show that humans obtain 80% of their total UV exposure by the age 18 years making it even more critical to ensure that young children and teenagers have the option of sun protection as much as possible.

Alarming statistics show:

  • 1 out of 30,000 girls aged 15-19 years old will develop melanoma
  • 1 in 15,000 boys will develop melanoma

Since 1973 there has been 50% increase in the mortality rate for melanoma. With these figures it tells us even more today that care givers in day care centers and schools need to create sun safety practice and provide sun and uv protection as much as possible for vulnerable children

Skin Cancer is preventable!

Why are Shade Structures helpful in helping to reduce skin cancer risk in children?

Answer: Our Shade Structures are manufactured with uv stabilized shade netting using HDPE polyethelene. The description of the uv stabilization is due from the uv pellets that are included in the extrusion process when manufacturing the shade net fibers in the weaving process. The threads are then woven by a raschell process into a sturdy strong weave that creates a thick barrier of protection blocking up to 95% of the sun’s harmful uv rays.

Sources:
American Academy of Dermatology
American Cancer Society
American Cancer Research Center
Boston University Medical Center
National Institutes of Health
National Coalition for Skin Cancer Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Guidelines for School Programs to Prevent skin cancer

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