Are Hats Here to Stay? The hat has once again emerged on the style scene and the reason might be caused by the dramatic rise in the skin cancer called melanoma, the deadliest of the known kinds of skin cancer. Before 1950, melanoma was seldom diagnosed. Recently, this disease has had a dramatic rise in the under 40 age group.
It looks like the decades of enjoying the sun, during the winter months, without wearing a hat has taken its toll on the health and we’ve finally realized the functional goal of the hat. Scientist had predicted for several years, the effect of rising uv rays reaching the ground, because of the gap in the ozone layer, could have a vast scale influence upon the human immune system and a catastrophic impact on the skin.
Clinical studies have shown that overexposure to sunlight may take years to appear with the effects being in the kind of premature aging, liver or age spots and/or skin cancer. Wearing a hat, that offers shade for your face, ears and neck, can play a significant role in preventing the effects of the sunlight upon the skin. For a hat to offer maximum protection from sunlight, it needs to be one of a tightly woven material, which is usually straw or fabric.
Hats made especially for sun protection — like the legionnaires hat, the safari hat, the outback hat — have been around for decades and were made to protect the head and facial area from sunlight. Most of us associated these hats with particular occupations and geographic locations with warmer climates. Now we know that geography no longer plays a part in whether we actively practice sufficient sun protection.
The explanations, we used previously, to justify not wearing a hat are no longer valid. As we continue to erode the ozone layer with hydrocarbons and fossil fuel emissions, uv rays will continue to grow and we’ll see an even greater increase in the number of people with cancer. It no longer matters whether hats are in fashion or not. Wearing a hat has become an investment in our future well-being.