The short answer is yes and the scariest thing is that people don't realise that they are routinely exposed to the sun through their regular clothing.
We decided to establish Solbari as we were shocked to discover that regular clothing often lets 20% of UV rays through the fabric. Skin cancer is due to the accumulation of sun exposure, so to be continually exposed to the sun without even realising it is a national scandal in Australia where 2 in 3 will get diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70.
A quick Google search will reveal that countless people are getting severely sunburnt through their regular clothes.
A person on www.britishexpat.com commented on this subject: "I live In central Queensland... a couple of months ago I spent 4 hours doing my mates garden... had what I thought was a sensible shirt on... that night when I got home... I was so badly burnt on my back that my shirt was sticking to me... in this climate, you can burn through normal clothes..."
Another person commented on the same subject: "I got sunburnt through an all in one swimming costume, all on my belly! So yes, you can get sunburnt through the fabric. Scared."
The chances of being diagnosed with skin cancer or melanoma are significantly increased if a person is routinely exposed to the sun, so retirees who travel regularly or those who work outside are particularly at risk.
Dermatologists agree that the best way to protect yourself from the sun is to wear UPF 50+ sun protective clothing. UPF 50+ means that at least 98% of UV rays are blocked. UPF 50+ is the highest accreditation for sun protection achievable in the World.
Solbari is an Australian brand that offers a range of UPF 50+ clothing and accessories including UPF 50+ driving gloves, UV arm sleeves, sun umbrellas and broad brim sun hats. All Solbari fabrics are independently tested and rated UPF50+ by the Australian Government. Solbari has loyal customers in over 70 countries.
Your skin is your largest organ and has a long memory. Sun exposure and ultraviolet (UV) damage is cumulative throughout your life. Research shows that sun damage contributes to more than 90% of wrinkles, brown spots, premature skin ageing as well as precancerous and cancerous skin lesions.
It is very difficult to the untrained eye to identify melanomas and skin cancers because they can come in many different shapes and sizes.
As Associate Professor Rosemary Nixon from the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc. says, "the earlier a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better the chance of avoiding surgery, or in the case of a serious melanoma or skin cancer, potential disfigurement or even death."