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Ultraviolet protection of clothing

T. Gambichler,     Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

Abstract:

This chapter discusses the main aspects playing a role in the prevention of ultraviolet (UV)-induced skin cancer and photodermatoses by means of clothing. The chapter first reviews the in vitro and in vivo test methods and standards on sun-protective clothing. It then describes various fabric parameters (e.g. composition, construction, dye) and other factors that can have an influence on the UV-blocking properties of clothing. The chapter concludes with a brief outlook on the future of sun-protective garments.

Key words

ultraviolet radiation

skin cancer

photodermatoses

textiles

clothing

3.1 Introduction

Skin cancer is the most common type ...

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