Steve Smith, Inventor

According to the American Cancer Society, more than one million new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer will be diagnosed this year, as well as 53,200 melanoma cases. One-in- five Americans will ultimately develop skin cancer, which is the most common cancer and accounts for more than 50 percent of malignancies. This means that skin cancer is as prevalent as all other forms of cancer combined. In addition, the occurrence of all types of skin cancer is on the rise.

The irony of the statistics is that skin cancer is preventable. “Most cases are caused by exposure to UV light from the sun and tanning beds,” says James Spence, M.D., Vice Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. “If skin cancer is caught and treated early,” says Dr. Spencer, “theoretically the survival rate could be 100 percent.”

To address this problem, the inventor has designed a protective covering called the UV Guard.

The UV Guard: Function

The UV Guard is a special covering that can protect the wearer’s arm(s). For instance, many drivers often rest their arms upon the top of the door; therefore, they are exposed for long periods of time to the rays of the sun. This may lead to sunburn, dryness, rashes, and possibly skin cancer.

The UV Guard would provide a protective covering for this exposed area. The product will be of particular interest to anyone who spends a great deal of time in their vehicle (e.g., truck drivers).
In addition, the UV Guard can benefit others who spend a great deal of time working outside: construction workers, gardeners, window cleaners, and many more occupations.

The UV Guard: Appealing Features

The appealing features of the UV Guard are its convenience, ability to protect the user from the sun, its portability, safety, and price. This practical covering can allow an individual to remain protected from the harmful rays of the sun for longer periods of time. The product can provide wearers with enhanced comfort because it can keep their arms cooler and eliminate the need for some to wear long-sleeved shirts or jackets as a means of protection from the sun. Furthermore, it can eliminate unsightly, uneven tans and age spots on the arm.

This product is lightweight, compact, and easy to use and transport. The UV Guard can be conveniently stored in a car’s glove compartment, a pocket, or purse. And, for someone looking for a unique and special gift, this product can be the perfect gift.


Scientists have little doubt that correct use of sunscreen does protect the skin from damage; however, sunscreen users generally over rely on that protection. Sunscreen can provide good, but generally imperfect protection. People who are high risk, or who spend a lot of time in the sun, should protect various exposed areas of the body. Hence, the use of the UV Guard can add to one’s protection.

The use of the UV Guard also can potentially reduce the incidence of skin cancer on the user’s arm and can be a special and important benefit for individuals allergic to sunlight.

I am suggesting the UV Guard because I believe it can fulfill the need for a protective covering for an exposed arm from the harmful rays of the sun.