New tool measures UV exposure


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    Adria Hall/Patient: "I was out in the sun a lot."

    FROM PLAYING SOFTBALL TO WORKING AS A LIFEGUARD.

    ADRIA HALL GREW UP... OUTSIDE.

    Adria Hall/Patient: "Interestingly enough, she was a big Coppertone person back when no one wore sunscreen in the '60s."

    Adria Hall/Patient: "We resisted. We were like, nobody wears sunscreen. It's so crazy."

    AS A YOUNG ADULT... HALL MAINTAINED AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE...

    Adria Hall/Patient: "No tannings beds, no baby oil. Just general sun exposure."

    BUT THE SUN LEFT ITS MARK.

    ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO... DOCTORS TOLD HER A SPOT ON HER ARM WAS MELANOMA... SHE NEEDED SURGERY A-S-A-

    Adria Hall/Patient: "It grows in. They don't know how fast it grows in so they want to get it as quickly as they can.

    NOT TOO FAR FROM HALL'S CHICAGO HOME...

    AT NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY...

    AN ENTIRE LAB IS DEDICATED TO A NEW DEVICE TO *PREVENT* SKIN CANCER...

    THE FIRST BATTERY-FREE, WEARABLE, ELECTRONIC U-V SENSOR.

    EXPECTED TO BE IN STORES NEXT YEAR.

    Pro. John Rogers/Northwestern University: "They're calling it UV Sense."

    ENGINEERING PROFESSOR JOHN ROGERS SAYS IT ATTACHES TO YOUR FINGERNAIL, SKIN, CLOTHES, SUNGLASSES.

    Prof. John Rogers/Northwestern University: "Whenever there's UV light hitting the device, it's recording how much UV light exposure has occured."

    THE TEAM HERE PARTNERED WITH L'OREAL COSMETICS... DESIGNING "U-V SENSE" TO CONNECT TO A SMARTPHONE APP.

    THE APP WILL SHOW IN REAL TIME HOW MUCH SUN YOU'VE REALLY HAD.

    Prof. John Rogers/Northwestern University: "UV light is the most serious carcinogen and melanoma is the most widespread cancer in the U.S."

    Prof. John Rogers/Northwestern University: "If people have more information as it pertains to the extent of exposure to UV rays in the sun, then they're in a better position to react."

    Dr. SteVe Xu/Northwestern University: "Right now, the alert is guess what? A sunburn. And that's too late."

    DERMATOLOGIST STEVE XU [ZOO] WORKED WITH PATIENTS WHO TESTED IT.

    Dr. Steve Xu/Northwestern University: "So the idea with the sensor is to be able to give you an early warning system. Be able to take control and ownership of your activities outside."

    ((SOT))

    Adria Hall/Patient: "So he took this keratosis off."

    HALL HOPES IT WILL KEEP HER ACCOUNTABLE... WHILE SHE'S ENJOYING THE OUTDOORS.

    Adria Hall/Patient: "If it beeps and says you've been in the sun too long, that will make me aware. That will make me reapply SPF50 sunscreen. I think it's a great idea."

    FOR SINCLAIR CARES.

    Adria Hall/Patient: "I think it will save lives."

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