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Not Your Momma’s Sunburn

It still amazes me how little people understand sun safety. Ok, so you got sunburns as a kid and don’t have skin cancer? Let me give you a quick lesson:


The ozone depletion in the last 30 years allows more uv to to pass through the atmosphere. (Read: The UV rays are more dangerous now than when we were kids) 


In just the past decade (2008 – 2018) the number of new melanoma cases diagnosed annually has increased by 53 percent.




UV-B damages DNA by tangling and distorting its ladder-like structure, causing a range of health problems such as skin cancer and diseases affecting the immune system. That’s not just causing a little skin cancer on over exposed skin. IT’S CHANGING DNA. 


Last year, a study was published showing that the ozone hole likely would have become a year-round fixture and UV radiation would increase 650 percent by 2065 in mid-latitude cities if not for the Montreal Protocol, an international treaty signed in 1987 that limited the amount of ozone-depleting gases countries could emit. 


The modern focus in ozone research also has shifted to include the effects of climate change. I found this quote in a linked article: "Twenty years ago we went out of our way to separate ozone depletion from climate change...After a decade of looking at data, the community realizes they are linked in subtle but profoundly important ways." 


Please let’s protect ourselves and our kiddos.



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