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In support of Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Avery Dennison urges drivers to consider the benefits of auto window films in blocking UV rays

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Professionally installed automotive window films, like the Avery Dennison NR Pro window film installed here on this Genesis G90, can block up to 99% of UV rays.

“Car windshields are treated to protect drivers from most UVA rays, and some sunroofs may provide protection, but side and rear windows are often untreated,” said Debra Levy, president of the ‘Auto Glass Safety Council.

Skin Cancer Awareness Month is an annual May initiative of the non-profit Skin Cancer Foundation, which for over 40 years has been helping people understand the importance of skin cancer prevention, early detection and rapid and effective treatment. As a member of the Foundation’s Corporate Council, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions is proud to encourage people to be proactive in everyday sun protection, including the use of non-reflective automotive window films.

According to the Foundation, with more than 5 million cases diagnosed in the United States each year, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the United States than all other cancers combined. Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms.

Ultraviolet (UVA and UVB) radiation from the sun causes skin cancer. UV rays also damage your eyes and cause your skin to lose elasticity, sag, stretch, bruise more easily and age prematurely. Most of us are familiar with these important ways to protect ourselves from the sun:

  • Avoid prolonged exposure, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • If you’re outdoors, cover up with sun-protective clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • Don’t get sunburned.
  • Avoid tanning and never use UV tanning beds.
  • Generously apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher each day.
  • Keep infants out of the sun for the first six months rather than using sunscreen on their sensitive skin. Clothing should cover babies’ vulnerable arms and legs, and don’t forget to use hats, sunglasses and stroller shades.
  • Examine your skin from head to toe every month.
  • Visit a dermatologist at least once a year for a professional skin exam.

Source: Skin Cancer Foundation

According to the Foundation and other organizations, another lesser-known way to protect yourself is to apply UV protection film to the windows of your car, truck or utility vehicle. “On average, people spend at least an hour every day inside their car with only the car windows between their skin and the sun’s harmful rays,” said Debra Levy, president of Auto Glass Safety. Council. “Car windshields are factory-treated to protect drivers from most UVA rays, and some sunroofs can provide protection, but side and rear windows are often untreated.

“Whenever you are in a car or any type of vehicle during the day, you are bombarded on your left side if you are the driver and on your right side if you are the passenger. Window film can provide much-needed protection,” she said.

Drivers who spend a lot of time on the road should pay particular attention to sun exposure. A 2010 study from Saint Louis University School of Medicine found that Americans who spent more time driving were more likely to develop left-sided skin cancer. Malignant melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, was even more split, with 74% of cases on the left side and just 26% on the right.

“Non-reflective automotive window films can be applied to block 99% of ultraviolet rays,” said Randy Garcia, Avery Dennison Regional Technical Window Film Specialist. “The best of these aftermarket films also reject heat and glare while protecting vehicle interiors from fading.” Automotive window films are available in a variety of shades and light transmission levels, that block all UV rays and glare,” he explained. “The latest window films come in virtually clear tints and still block over 99% of UV light and an impressive percentage of UV light. ‘glare. Your window film dealer can advise you on how deep you are allowed to tint your car windows in your state. They will help you select a film that meets the legal standard while providing the look you are looking for.

A common misconception is that you only need to worry about UV rays on sunny days. Not so. According to Florida dermatologist Johnny Gurgen, DO, “Compared to a completely clear sky, studies have shown that a partly cloudy sky increased UVB radiation by 25% and increased DNA damage by up to 40%. .”

Harold Nimitz, owner of House of Tint in Winslow, Arizona, notes another common misconception. “In Phoenix, where I was originally, people were very aware of the benefits of window films to block UV rays,” he said. “But I find that here in the cooler, higher parts of northeastern Arizona, people don’t really think about it. In fact, UV exposure at high altitudes is significantly higher than ‘at sea level.’ Clear or cloudy, mountains or valleys, summer or winter, follow the advice of the Skin Cancer Foundation and take a holistic approach to protecting yourself and your family from the sun.

Find more information about skin cancer and sun protection from the Skin Cancer Foundation at skincancer.org. Find more information about Avery Dennison architectural and automotive window films at graphics.averydennison.com/windowfilms.

About Avery Dennison

Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE: AVY) is a global materials science company specializing in the design and manufacture of a wide variety of labeling and functional materials. The company’s products and solutions, which are used in nearly every major industry, include pressure-sensitive materials for labels and graphic applications; tapes and other bonding solutions for industrial, medical and retail applications; labels, tags and ornaments for clothing; and radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions for apparel retail and other markets. The company employs approximately 36,000 people in more than 50 countries. Reported sales in 2021 were $8.4 billion. Learn more at http://www.averydennison.com/.

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