How Home Window Tinting Can Help Prevent Skin Cancer
There have been more new cases of skin cancer in the past four decades than in any other time before that. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), melanoma cases have tripled since the 1970s, from 7.89 per 100,000 individuals in 1975 to 23.57 per in 2010. Cases in both men and women have grown annually at a rate of 1.6 percent per year since 2000. In teenagers, a 2 percent increase per year was observed from 1973 to 2009.
Several theories have been proposed as the cause of the observed increases, including more affordable vacations to tropical places, more outdoor and leisure activities, and so on.
However, while it’s understood that staying out too long under the sun increases the risk of sun damage on skin (and therefore skin cancer), few people realize that the skin can also get the same amount of damage even when a person is indoors.
The sun emits both ultraviolet A and B rays. Typical home windows block most ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, however some UVA rays can still penetrate. Since both UV types have the capacity to damage skin and cause skin cancers, you need to protect your indoor environment from both.
Fortunately, there is a solution: installing sun protection window film can help prevent harmful UVA rays from getting into your house and in your skin. To understand the amount of sun damage an un-tinted glass lets in, take a look at the items in your home hit directly by sunlight. Do they appear faded or brittle?
If the sun can do that much damage to your home furnishings, it can just as easily inflict the same amount of damage on your skin. Window tints can reduce the amount of penetrating UV rays by up to 80 percent, and diminish the sun’s glare by more than 50 percent, thereby providing adequate protection against the sun’s harmful effects indoors
The benefits don’t stop there—window tints also promote energy efficiency, which can lead to significant energy savings for the homeowner.
According to researchers, the most important move you can do to protect yourself against skin cancer is to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun. Make sure your home’s indoor environment is protected against such dangers by having quality house window tinting installed on all your windows.
(Source: Skin cancer on the rise, Environmental Working Group)