World Health Organization launches new app for skin safety

The American Cancer Society estimates that 3.4 million Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in 2022. It is the most diagnosed cancer in the United States and also one of the most preventable.


What do you want to know

  • The World Health Organization has created an app to help promote skin safety
  • The American Cancer Society estimates that 3.4 million people will get skin cancer this year
  • Residents are already using the app to monitor exposure

The World Health Organization has just launched a new app that you can think of as “another tool in the toolbox” for your skin safety.

We caught up with Tampa resident Manuel Criollo as he spent the morning with his four granddaughters at their local wading pool.

They always use lots of sunscreen.

“Before we go out and even when we’re at home and they’re playing in the yard,” Criollo said.

He’s lived in Tampa for decades and takes skin protection seriously.

“It’s very important to me because of the damage the sun can do to the skin. Cancer these days, you have to be aware of that,” he said.

Dr. Vernon Sondak, chair of the Department of Skin Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center, showed us how the World Health Organization‘s new app called SunSmart Global UV works.

“We think anything that draws attention to the dangers of overexposure to ultraviolet light from the sun is helpful,” Dr. Sondak said.

The app is free and gives local information about UV radiation levels for just about anywhere and anytime.

It gives a five-day forecast and highlights the time of day when sun protection is most important.

“You look out the window, the sun is shining, you better consider yourself at risk for a high UV index day. That’s what we have here in Florida, that’s why we love it here because ‘ the weather is always good, but the sun is not always our friend,” he said.

“Anything that helps prevent skin cancer and skin damage helps,” Criollo said.

Moffitt will be offering free skin cancer and head and neck cancer screenings on Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pier 60 in Clearwater.

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