Over the past thirty years, Australia has led the world in the successful imple-mentation of sun protection messages and promotional campaigns (e.g., SlipSlop Slap and SunSmart). Despite this effort, it is predicted that by the year2020 there will be over 13,000 new cases of melanoma in Australia. Ultravioletradiation (UVR) or sunlight exposure is the main environmental risk factor forskin cancer development and other UVR-related diseases such as cataracts andskin aging. Many young Australians still get sunburnt on a regular basis, despitehaving good knowledge and sun-protective intentions. Sunburns often occurduring unplanned sun exposure, around the home or during activities wherepeople do not expect to be outside for long. UVR feedback could assist inreducing exposure levels and decreasing the risk of skin cancer. Advances inmobile telephone application programs (apps) and personal ultraviolet radiation(UVR) devices have seen these products become available to consumers. How-ever, it is unknown whether these devices precisely measure UVR or whetherthey provide adequate feedback to consumers. We will present the preliminaryfindings from our randomized controlled trial testing the effect of UVR feed-back devices including the SunSmart mobile phon e App and the U-B-Safedevice on sun protection habits, sun exposure, sunburn, and physical activitylevels in adults aged 18 to 30 years.
Joint meeting of the Australasian Wound and Tissue Repair Society (AWTRS) and the Molecular & Experimental Pathology Society of Australasia (MEPSA), Melbourne, Australia 7-9 November 2016
Wound Repair and Regeneration / Vol. 24, No. 6, pp.A20