Recent technology developed by the Queensland University of Technology could lead the way in reducing skin cancer incidences. The university is on the cusp of trialling the latest in portable UV sensors to test whether an increase in awareness will help to curb people’s sun baking ways.
The technology comes in the form of a Cancer Council smartphone app or a wearable UV meter developed in Western Australia. The sensors provide accurate UV measurements and warnings about dangerous UV levels and intend to encourage their users to carry out sensible sun behaviour. Dr Elke Hacker of the Queensland University of Technology hopes that the technology “that will allow people then to modify their behaviour and prevent themselves from being sunburnt”.