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Wearing sun-protective clothing reduces the risk of developing skin cancer by blocking UVA and UVB rays from the sun.

A report by Daniel Martin for Worldhealth.net confirms this. The report's conclusion is: “The fact that Ultra-violent protection cloths block UVA and UVB rays from the sun significantly reduces one’s risk of developing skin cancer.”

In the summer of 2022, the UK recorded its highest-ever temperature of 40.2 C. Climate change could mean that high temperatures become more frequent and cause more skin cancers. Those working outside particularity need protection from harmful UV rays. 

There are two prime causes of skin cancer. These are exposure to UVA and UVB sun rays, as well as previous damage to the skin caused by sunburn or radiotherapy. Sunscreen lotions and protective clothing are the main ways to prevent skin damage from UV rays. Protective clothing lasts longer than sunscreen alone. 

Some people are more likely to get skin cancer than others. Those with blonde or ginger hair, freckles and people with light-coloured eyes are more at risk.

Sun protective clothing typically has a designated UPF rating, with a rating between 15 and 24 UPF providing good protection, and a rating between 40 and 50 UPF giving excellent protection. Denim and synthetic fibres that are densely knitted offer better protection. The quality and type of dye used in the clothing impacts its effectiveness. To test fabric, hold it up to the sun; if it blocks little or no light, it has low UV protection.


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