Welcome to Proteksol's Anti UV Sun Protection Educational Resource
Please find here detailed a few educational resource specifically focused on sun protection issues in Europe.
We discuss the sun and UV, the types of damage that can result from excessive UVR exposure, and the combination of tactics that provide maximum sun protection.
Small amounts of UV are beneficial for people and essential in the production of vitamin D. UV radiation is also used to treat several diseases, including rickets, psoriasis, eczema and jaundice. This takes place under medical supervision and the benefits of treatment versus the risks of UV radiation exposure are a matter of clinical judgement .
Between 2 and 3 million non-melanoma skin cancers,( basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas), are diagnosed each year, but are rarely fatal and can be surgically removed. Approximately 130,000 malignant melanomas occur globally each year, substantially contributing to mortality rates in fair-skinned populations. An estimated 66,000 deaths occur annually from melanoma and other skin cancers. Source: WHO
During the past decades doctors have become increasingly aware of the increase in skin cancer in the United States, Australian and now Europe and that all people need to protect themselves from ultraviolet radiation (UVR).
The harm caused by UVR includes premature aging (such as wrinkling and age spots), skin cancer, and permanent, sometimes blinding, damage to eyes. Other medical conditions, such as lupus, can be made much worse by UV exposure. In addition, many people take drugs, such as antibiotics, antidepressants, diuretics and retinoids, that make them extremely sun sensitive.
Doctors everywhere agree that education is critical to stopping the epidemic of sun related diseases - especially skin cancer.
Many government entities such as agencies, foundations and individuals work to provide helpful sun protection information and programs. As an example,the Irish Cancer Society-Sun Smart , the OMS / WHO, The Euroean Skin Cancer Foundation, the Swiss cancer league, the American environmental Protection Agency and the American National Weather Service provide a daily UV Index, along with recommended methods to protect against ultraviolet radiation. The Skin Cancer Foundation and the American Academy of Dermatology have created classroom materials for schools that advocate student use of sun protection clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats. Organizations such as the Melanoma International Foundation work relentlessly to change the perception that tans are attractive, to regulate tanning booths more effectively, and to introduce sun safety into schools and into the workplace.
These efforts should be commended as the health problems caused by overexposure to the sun will continue to escalate over the coming years and have an important social and economical impact on our society.
A coordinated, well funded, long-term effort, supported at multiple levels of government, is needed to raise awareness of the problem, to bring education programs to schools, to the workplace, and to the community at large, and to provide the broad range of resources and support needed for long-term success. http://www.sunprotection.net/