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Protecting Your Skin From The Sun

Updated on July 4, 2014

First The Facts

In the past decade, there has been an alarming rise in the rate of skin cancer globally. Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. Statistics show that the number of melanoma cases in Australia has jumped 50% from 1982 to 2007. Of the seven most common cancers in the US, melanoma is the only one whose incidence is increasing. Between 2000 and 2009, incidence climbed 1.9 percent annually. According to the American Cancer society, Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon. Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined. According to the Skin Cancer foundation, One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime and one person dies of melanoma every 57 minutes. Melanoma is one of only three cancers with an increasing mortality rate for men, along with liver cancer and esophageal cancer. Needless to say: these statistics are deeply alarming, but even more alarming is the lack of awareness. A survey conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology established that nearly 42% of the 1000 adults surveyed were unaware of the word ‘melanoma’. As result people continue to ignore this threat as they have not completely grasped its severity.

Every minute in the sun adds up: Skin Protection is not just for the day at the beach

Power Thread Clothing

When it comes to choosing clothing that will be sure to protect you, a great brand to look into is Power Thread. The company itself was inspired by the idea of how important it is to educate people about the dangers of the sun's UV rays. Their high quality fabric has some of the most advanced technology in the market for outdoors attire, and will greatly reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Clothes that are designed to protect you the same way (or even better) than a turtle shell does for a turtle!
Clothes that are designed to protect you the same way (or even better) than a turtle shell does for a turtle! | Source

Some More Info

Another common misconception is that wearing a normal t-shirt protects from UV rays. In fact a normal white t-shirt allows as much as 50% of UV radiation to pass through when dry and about 70% when wet.

Also important to note is that the harmful UV rays emitted by tanning beds in salons and solariums can be equally destructive for the skin

‘Prevention is better than cure’. Melanoma can affect your skin only, or it may spread to your organs and bones. Treatment for melanoma works best when the cancer is found early but as with other disease, prevention is better than cure.

Protect yourself today and everyday!

Causes Of Skin Cancer

The major cause of skin cancer is excessive exposure to sunlight aggravated by the depleting ozone layer. Research has shown that sunlight causes damage to the human skin on a day-to -day basis, even changing the skin DNA and causing skin cancer. The UV rays in the sun attack the elastin fibers in our skin cover, making the skin lose its elasticity and causes wrinkles and sagging and in more severe cases, causing skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more than 90 percent of the visible changes commonly attributed to skin aging are caused by the UV exposure. According to the American Cancer Society, the skin damage may take place many years before the start of the cancer. Children and young adults often get a lot of intense UV sun exposure that may not result in an actual cancer until many years or even decades later. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one or more blistering sunburns in childhood or adolescence more than double a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life.

What The Sun Does To You

Of course, the most serious result of too much sun is skin cancer, but it also causes wrinkles, sun spots, broken capillaries and a dry, dull complexion - and its not just from baking on the beach. A common misconception is that often people feel that it is the summer’s heat that results in these numerous skin cancer cases. In reality, UV rays can reflect off water, sand, concrete and snow. It can even penetrate fog and clouds. Eighty percent of sun exposure comes from cumulative everyday outings, whether walking or driving (UVA rays travel through car windows). Additional sources include mirrored rooms with large windows and high altitudes. Hundreds of skiers and snowboarders go on the skiing slopes unaware of the fact that every minute the sun’s harmful UV effects are heightening thanks to the altitude as well as the surrounding snow. Every thousand feet elevation (altitude rise) leads to 2% more exposure to the harmful UV rays. Even cloudy days cannot reduce the intensity of the harm inflicted by these rays. Hence preventive defense against UV rays must be done every day irrespective of whether it is sunny, cloudy or cold outside. Children do spend a lot of time outdoors so it is essential for parents to create awareness in their earlier age and take precautions against exposure to UV rays. It means that a picnic on a hot day, sun-bathing on a tranquil beach, a simple barbeque in the summer or even catching the sun during routine drive to work can sow the seeds of deadly cancer.

What You Can Do

Sunlight exposure and its harmful UV rays cause photo aging, melanoma and even suppressed immune function. But you can limit your risk by taking ongoing right steps to protect yourself. The FDA,’s Sun safety tips includes; limiting sun exposure, wearing protective clothings and use of sunscreens as directed (an ounce of sunscreen away from eyes and other sensitive areas, 30 minutes before sun exposure and re-applying it at least every 2 hours). Although there are reports that many of the most popular sunscreen brands contain chemicals like Padimate-O and Parsol 1789, that may actually increase the damaging effects of the sun. While these reports are not conclusive, it is clear that these chemicals can accumulate in your body over time. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, no sunscreen should be expected to remain effective for longer than two hours without being reapplied and clothing is the single most effective form of sun protection.

Power Thread clothing is some of the best, highest quality apparel you can buy. There are a variety of sizes and colors, as well as designs for men, women and children.
Power Thread clothing is some of the best, highest quality apparel you can buy. There are a variety of sizes and colors, as well as designs for men, women and children.

In recent years, improvements in fabric manufacturing techniques have yield great progress with the UV protection built right into the fabric itself. At Powerthread, our apparel is made with finest quality power fabrics created using the most advanced technologies. Our apparel is not only cottony soft, the premium quality advanced fabric allows us to provide permanent protection against UV rays and has permanent antibacterial abilities for the life of the garment! So next time you are slathering your skin with potentially harmful chemicals in lotions every two hours that don’t do half of the job, consider giving our cool comfortable shirt a try to see the power of the fabric first hand.

Sleeves are another great way to keep your arms safe
Sleeves are another great way to keep your arms safe


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