When people think about pool enclosures, they usually think about the elimination of pests and debris. They may also think about the comfort of the partial shade that an enclosure provides, but people give little thought to the long term health benefits that shade provides. The hot sun in places like Florida can be especially damaging, and pool enclosure installation is a wise precaution against the dangers of skin cancer.
Cancer is Prominent
Ultraviolet radiation from the sun contributes greatly to the possibility of skin cancer, and this is especially true with long hours of exposure on a weekly basis. Many people do not realize that a good pool enclosure can block as much as 80 percent of UV radiation.
Skin cancer is quite prevalent in places like Florida where the sun is so prominent. It is the most common of all types of cancer, and around one million patients in America currently suffer with the disease. Half of all Americans will experience it in some form before hitting the age of 65.
Scientists have determined that as much as 95 percent of these cases are due to overexposure to sunlight. Genetic predisposition is also a major factor, but predisposition merely highlights the inability of some people’s skin to withstand sunlight over long periods. New cases of melanoma, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer, have more than doubled over the last 20 years.
With all this knowledge that we now have about skin cancer and its relation to sunlight, it is no wonder that so many families opt for pool enclosure installation. However, many people do not realize how effective enclosures are at absorbing harmful UV radiation from the sun. An enclosure is an important first step in protecting a family from harmful radiation. Scientists have determined that as much as 75 percent of damage to a person’s skin has been done before the age of 20. A child’s exposure to the sun must be protected.