Sun exposure and physical activity: the valuable role of UV wearables

Henning, Alyssa and Vanos, Jennifer and Downs, Nathan ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3191-6404 (2021) Sun exposure and physical activity: the valuable role of UV wearables. IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, 40 (3). pp. 16-18. ISSN 0278-0097


Abstract

Skin cancers are one of the most common types of cancer in the United States [1] , and melanoma has steadily increased over the last 20 years. Solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is known as the main cause of damaging effects to the skin [1] , [2] , yet also the most preventable risk factor. Outdoor physical activity, an important health behavior, exposes the body to UVR and is thus ostensibly linked to increases the risk of sunburn, melanoma, and non-melanoma skin cancers [3] , [4] . Simultaneously, new UVR sensors can play an essential role in ensuring users gain enough sunlight for Vitamin D synthesis for optimal health. However, accurately monitoring personal UVR exposure is historically complex and costly, and thus minimal research exists at the intersection of personal UVR exposure during physical activity.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Sciences (6 Sep 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Sciences (6 Sep 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2021 03:07
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2021 03:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: sun exposure, wearable, UV
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420605 Preventative health care
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 20 HEALTH > 2099 Other health > 209999 Other health not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/MTS.2021.3101927
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/43501

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