Of all the cancers we’ve heard being associated with Cell Phones and Smartphones since their introduction, skin cancer is likely one you’ve heard about the least. Perhaps that’s because the risk of skin cancer isn’t due to any interior workings or transmission methods of the phones themselves.
No, it’s much simpler.
When Using Your Phone Outdoors… Think Sun Safety
Using your phone outdoors is the issue. Like a mirror, your screen gives the sun’s harmful UV rays the opportunity to reflect off of your screen- and right onto your face, nose, ears and any other exposed part of you within the reflection’s range. And of course, it makes sense that electronic devices with larger screens will increase the amount of UV radiation we receive from it caroming back at us.
We’ve addressed multiple times on this blog how dangerous the sun can still be in the winter months. And that’s partially because its rays easily reflect off of snow, ice and water (among other surface areas) to contribute to various sun skin damage. A relevant issue with smartphones is that, honestly, who really ever thinks about this connection? That’s why it’s important to us, and to all who trumpet Melanoma awareness, to get information like this out to you.
Wear Sunscreen All Year
As we’re now in November, it’s likely that if you’re sitting outside somewhere you’re already going to be wearing enough clothing to protect your upper and lower body. (In the colder U.S. climates, at least) However it’s still important to coat your face, neck and ears with sunscreen while you’re out there. And that’s whether you’re on a smartphone or not.
You’ve likely spent a good deal of time outdoors on a snowy day at some point. Maybe shoveling, sledding, skating and etc. And if you think back there has probably been times you can remember noticing that, once inside, some part of your face or neck was warm. That was the effect of UV rays.
To bring this post full circle, when using your smartphone outside please try your best to do so in the shade.
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