In my mid-twenties, I saw my darling grandmother lose large parts of her nose to skin cancer, which made me think more carefully about how much sun exposure I was receiving. I decided to start getting regular skin checks and encouraged my family to do so too.
Having sun sensitive skin, sun protection is very important as I noticed more and more moles appear in recent years in my neck and chest areas. I have to freeze some of them as they grow big with constant itchiness. I also developed chronic skin rash on leg areas which affect daily life badly.
I moved to Australia over 10 years ago. I grew up in northern Europe and it took me a few years to re-calibrate my inner compass and my approach to sun protection! At first I was not paying any attention to Australian sun at all. Once I learned about the risks, my attitude change 180 degrees.
SPF clothing or sun protective clothing is a form of clothing which incorporates functional designs to cover the body from direct sunlight and utilises fabrics which have been tested and rated for its effectiveness of absorbing (or blocking) UV radiation. UPF (or ultraviolet protection factor) is standardised way that fabrics are rated. The Australian Government tests and rates fabrics.
Solbari Sun Protection fabrics are tested and accredited UPF 50+ by ARPANSA, the Australian Government agency responsible for attributing UPF sun protective ratings to fabrics. UPF stands for ultraviolet protection factor and UPF 50+, the highest UPF rating means that only up to 2% of UV can penetrate the fabric.
In 1975, Thomas Fitzpatrick developed a numerical classification for different skin types as a way to estimate the response of different types of skin to ultraviolet (UV) ray exposure.
To this day the Fitzpatrick Scale remains a recognised dermatological tool for determining human skin pigmentation, the likely impact of UV overexposure on an individual and their risk of skin cancer related issues.
This blog answers a number of common questions relating to skin cancer including: What is skin cancer? What causes skin cancer? How common is skin cancer? Who is at risk of getting skin cancer? How do I know if I have skin cancer or not? How is skin cancer treated? How can I prevent skin cancer?
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