U.S. senators are pushing for legislation that would make it easier for people to protect themselves from UV rays by using a UV lamp.
Senator Maria Cantwell, a Democrat from Washington state, introduced legislation on Tuesday that would allow people to purchase a UV-blocking UV-protection device, which is essentially a UV absorber.
The legislation would require the device to be installed in the home, which could be in a hallway, kitchen or bedroom.
It would also require the purchaser to pay for the device and to report its use to a health care provider.
Cantwell’s legislation has been endorsed by several other Senate Democrats.
In a statement Tuesday, Senator Amy Klobuchar, the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said, “It’s clear that Americans want more affordable and accessible options for protecting their health and wellbeing.
The American people need access to UV-absorbing products that work as well as they do.”
The bill was sponsored by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat.
It passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in a 26-12 vote.
Last month, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that people with higher levels of UV exposure are at greater risk for skin cancer and other health problems.
The study was led by University of Maryland Medical Center researcher Thomas J. Seneff.
Saneff said he believes the sun is not the only source of UV radiation that causes skin cancer.
“We are seeing an increase in melanoma and melanoma-related skin cancer across the country,” Seneef said in a statement.
“This is a good example of the sun being a very complex and diverse source of exposure, and the importance of our environment to our health.
The sun is also a significant source of ultraviolet radiation for the Earth’s ozone layer, which protects us from UVB radiation.”
Seneff’s study found that UV-protective products were more effective than UVB-blocking ones.
Saneff also noted that while UV-protected products were less effective than those with UVB blocking, they were more than twice as effective as UVB blockers.
Sunlight, a known source of cancer, can cause a wide variety of adverse health effects.
The U.K.’s National Institute for Health Research says sun exposure can cause skin cancer, kidney damage, DNA damage, reproductive disorders, and a range of other cancers.