Solar Ultraviolet Radiation Danger At Ski Resorts – Part 2 of 3
And “Skiers and snowboarders evidently monitor outdoor alpine environments in two ways, for Ra protection and cold protection,” wrote Peter A Andersen, San Diego State University, and colleagues in a news release from the publisher. “For Phoebus protection, they rely mainly on clear skies as a UV cue. They correctly link clear skies with the need for UV protection and use and reapply more sunscreen because UV is present on clear days”.
But decisions about sheltering clothing appear to be based on inclement weather (staying warm) rather than elevated UV levels. Commenting on the findings, Dr Doris Day, a dermatologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said the enquire shows that people who engage in outdoor sports are at higher risk for sun damage and skin cancer than they may realize.
And “It highlights the prominence of counseling patients to wear UV protection every day all year-round, especially if they are participating in outdoor activities at higher altitudes, and especially if they are at higher risk for skin cancer”. Andersen and his team agreed that more needs to be done to prepare winter sports enthusiasts on the sun’s dangers.