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“Digital” Bikini Lowers the Risk of Cancer


Tuesday, August 1, 2006
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Are you concerned that the highly publicized “skimpy” swimsuits of today are damaging to your health? If this is a fear of yours, you need not worry for a new technology that would enable you to enjoy the sun in a safe way is currently on the market.

 

Do not be surprised when you are lying down next to a beautiful lady at the beach wearing one of these “computerized” bikini gadgets and you hear sounds originating from it. The sounds are simply warning signals that she has had enough sun tan and it is time to either cover up or go under a shade. Even though skin tanning has its benefits, exposure to the sun can increase the risk of skin cancer tremendously.

 

The American Cancer Society advises that the best possible way to reduce the risk of skin cancer is to avoid exposure to sources of ultraviolet (UV) light and to avoid too much exposure to the sun.

 

Where can one find a digital bikini?
A Canadian company called Solestrom invented what they call the “digital” bikini and will have them on sale next month. So far, Australia and South Africa have the highest demand mainly because they have the world’s highest skin cancer rates. For more information on purchasing a “digital” bikini, please visit www.solestrom.com/shop

 

How does it work?
The “digital” bikini has a UV meter built into its belt and an alarm that beeps to tell wearers when to get out of the sun. The computer chipped bikini first detects current UV data, collects it and records the UV index with 0.01 accuracy.
According to Solestrom spokeswoman, Emily Garassa, a person’s sensitivity to UV depends on their skin type. Normally, the level of UV intensity ranges from 0 to 20. Therefore, 3 to 5 would be considered moderate, 8 to 10 high and 11 and above would be considered extremely high.

 

Are People of Black Origin at Risk?
Even though darker skin provides some protection from the sun’s UV rays and ultimately reduces the risk of skin cancer, it can be more deadly in those with darker skin. New research from the University of Cincinnati shows that dark skinned people, commonly thought to be “immune” to most skin cancers, are more likely than whites to die from skin cancer and its related complications. Therefore this new technology applies to and would be beneficial to everybody.

 

Jaime Kawesa can be reached at [email protected]

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