With the arrival of summer every year I always anticipate the day where I let my guard down when it comes to protection from the scorching sun. I mean, I’m usually pretty good when it comes to outdoor activities, but if I’m preoccupied with another task I can forget about protection, and I don’t mean protection of the condom kind. I’m talking about protection from the dangerous rays of the sun. Yep, that’s right. At least once every summer I will get burned from too much sun. But did you know that sunburn is actually radiation burn? Little did I know it, but every time I get sunburn, I’m really getting radiation burn. But why is this the case?
When you think of radiation burn most people think of the types of injuries associated with the nuclear fallout following the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II. These are certainly some of the most well documented cases of widespread serious radiation burn. Other notable incidents would have been testing of the bomb and in some of the few meltdown scenarios that have plagued the world. Sure, these incidents were catastrophic and disturbing to see, but the sight of radiation burn is something that everyone has already seen to varying degrees of severity before.