Sun smarts to save lives

25 Jul 2017

Prevention is better than a cure, and with Queenslanders suffering the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, early education on sun safety is key. To address this, undergraduate engineering and business student Alana Clover has developed a wearable UV exposure-detecting device.

Due to Australia’s proximity to the equator and clear, blue-sky days, we experience some of the highest levels of ultra-violet (UV) radiation in the world, with two out of three Australians being diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70. This wearable UV detection device aims to prevent sun damage and skin cancer by educating children from a young age about sun safety.

“The wristband features a sensor that is able to calculate the UV index and display it live on the screen. The device can also send reminders about sun safety with messages like the Cancer Council’s ‘slip, slop, slap’,” Ms Clover said.

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