How Harmful Are the Sun’s UV Rays to Our Health?

According to Live Science, Ultraviolet (UV) Light, “is a type of electromagnetic radiation that makes black-light posters glow and is responsible for summer tans-and sunburns. However, too much exposure to UV radiation is damaging to living tissue.” The sun is the source of UV radiation and falls in a spectrum range between visible light and X-rays.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), explains that the depletion of the ozone layer has led to a decrease in the natural protection of our atmosphere from the sun’s harmful UV radiation. This has been associated with major health risks such as skin cancer, premature skin aging and skin damage, cataracts and other eye damage, as well as immune suppression.

The American Cancer Society suggests the following ways to stay protected from the sun’s UV rays:

  • Slip on a shirt.
  • Slop on sunscreen.
  • Slap on a hat.
  • Wrap on sunglasses to protect the eyes and skin around them.

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