How a Hat Can Protect Against Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is an unusual growth of skin cells. It mainly grows on parts of the skin subjected to the sun’s rays. Skin cancer affects men and women of all colors and races, in fact, people who have light skin who sunburn very easily have a greater risk. Every year in the U.S. оvеr 5.4 million саѕеѕ оf nonmelanoma ѕkіn саnсеr іѕ trеаtеd іn mоrе thаn 3.3 mіllіоn реорlе. And еасh уеаr there are more nеw саѕеѕ оf skin саnсеr than thе combined incidence of cancers оf the breast, рrоѕtаtе, lung аnd colon.

In the last three decades, a lot of people have had skin cancer compared to all the other cancers put together. Research shows that one in five Americans is likely to develop skin cancer during the course of a lifetime.

Our faces are exposed to ultraviolet (UV) emission every single day of the year. Therefore, it is not unexpected that parts such as the ears, temple, lips, and nose are among the most prevalent areas for skin cancer to grow. The right Hat will not only protect your face, head, ears and the back of the neck but can reduce the degree of UV radiation reaching your eyes by 50%.

How a Hat Can Protect Against Skin Cancer
A hat with at least a 2 to 3-inch brim all-around will work best, mainly because, it guards parts which are frequently subjected to intense sun, like the ears, eyes, forehead, nose, and scalp.

A dark, non-reflective underside to the brim can also help reduce the degree of UV rays hitting the face from reflective surfaces like water. A shade cap (which looks like a baseball cap with about 7 inches of fabric draping down the sides and back) also is excellent and will offer additional protection for the neck. They are usually sold in sporting goods and outdoor supply stores. In the event you don’t have a shade cap (or another good hat) accessible, you could make one by wearing a sizable handkerchief or bandana under a baseball cap.


A baseball cap guards the front and top of the head, except for the neck or the ears, where skin cancers commonly develop. Straw hats are significantly less protective unless the hats are made of closely woven fabric.

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