UV light is a huge risk factor for skin damage including premature ageing and the increased likelihood of skin cancer. Experiencing just one blistering sunburn in your lifetime can increase your risk of skin cancer and experiencing multiple sunburns further heightens your susceptibility to sun damage.

Approximately 2 in 3 Australians and 1 in 5 Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70 years of age. The numbers keep growing with over 9,000 Americans diagnosed with a skin cancer every day according to the American Academy of Dermatology and around 13,000 Aussies diagnosed each year, that’s more than one person every hour. It does not discriminate, in fact the number of skin cancers diagnosed each year is still growing and the biggest increase is seen in young adults.

It has been shown that for women aged 15-29, the most common place for developing a skin cancer is the torso. Using effective sun protection, such as a rash guard or sun protective swimwear, is one of the easiest and most effective ways for individuals to protect themselves and reduce their risk.

Cat & I strongly believe that prevention is paramount. Sun safe clothing such as a rash guard or sun protective swimwear, as well as using a high SPF sunscreen will help protect you from the damaging and lasting effects of harmful UV rays. Cat & I premium 4-way stretch fabrics are tested to ensure that you are covered with UPF 50+ protection and meet the Australian and New Zealand Standard (AS/NZS) 4399-1996.

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