Could this stop Australia’s most serious form of cancer? 31



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Australian’s love the sun – there’s no doubt about that! However, as the country with the highest rate of skin cancer, it’s something that we definitely need to change. A team of scientists from Ireland believe they have created a product that could help people all over the world to prevent contracting skin cancer.

The device is a small wrist band that changes colour when the wear has had too much sun exposure – before their skin begins to burn. The Daily Mail reports that they are in prototype stages and are made of clear plastic. They contain a blue dye and metal powder. The powder absorbs UV light and transfers the energy to the dye, gradually breaking down the blue colour.When it turns clear, it is a sign that the person has had enough sun for the day and it is time to seek out some shade.

This could change everything for people, especially those who love the sun. The current figures indicate that two in three people will be diagnosed with skin cancer before the age of 70. So imagine if every child didn’t just had to monitor their own sunscreen use and sun protection habits, but they had a clear indicator of when enough is enough…

To think that while we were growing up sunscreen didn’t even exist – yet now we’re fighting against the most common form of skin cancer.

These bands are believed to not be ridiculously expensive and are expected to be available for purchase at around $0.50 per band.

While there is no safe way to sunbathe, this could be great for us while spending time outside wanting to maximise all areas of our health.


So tell us, would you like to see these available to people in Australia? Would you like to see your grandkids wearing them?

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  1. If it helps then yes, I survived a melanoma in my thirty’s and I was very lucky

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    • yes you were very lucky and judging by your pic ..your fair skinned and blue eyed and that is a danger..we are the wrong colour for this country..we have no natural protection..congratulations surviving it..I hope you never get it again

  2. Sounds good! Especially for children. It is believed
    that damage to the skin, happened before 15 years of age! I have had four melanomas, caught very early, first one at aged 58 I have been very lucky too. Last one about 6 years ago.6 monthly checks now, for life

  3. I am almost lily white, mainly because I avoid the sun like the plague..I have so many skin cancers cut out am still dealing with one of my foot at the moment, it is a large skin cancer and because there is no meat on the top of your foot , I have to use chemo cream and oh boy have I had problems.. make sure you wear sunblock ..I would hate this to happen to you

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    • Could be worthwhile getting your vitamin D level checked Libbi. I walk heaps, exercise with light weights and eat plenty of dairy. I had a bone density test at the chemist which said my bone density was great. They are useless! I had it done at the hospital and found out I had low bone in my lower back and hip. My vitamin D was very low from also avoiding the Sun from too many zapping and cutting of skin problems. I am on a Vitamin D tablet now.

  4. The reason we have the most skin cancer is because the ozone layer is open in our atmosphere during summer. I went to italy and they didnt even have sunscreen and they dont get skin cancer at all. Solution is because their ozone layer is closed during the summer.

  5. Well how did we ever survive those 1950’s etc without sunscreen etc……and with no sign of any melonoma etc etc…..could it be that we got our skins use to the sun and mother nature helped protect us against the dangers of skin cancer…..mmmm. I am white anglo skin type and never use sunscreen….never will.

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    • Many would disagree with you Cheryl,but I don’t use sunscreen either. Never have. I am Anglo Saxon but my skin colour is generally brown/tanned all year.

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