About UV radiation and skin cancer

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the leading cause of skin cancer. There are two types of UV radiation:

  • Ultraviolet A (UVA).UVA radiation can pass through glass. Research suggests that it may:

  • Cause premature ageing and wrinkling of the skin

  • Play a role in causing basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma

  • Ultraviolet B (UVB).UVB does not pass through car windows or other types of glass. UVB radiation:

  • Is more closely linked with the development of skin cancer and melanoma

  • Causes sunburn

It is important to protect your skin from both UVA and UVB radiation.