New app to curb skin cancer launched by WHO 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced the launch of a new mobile application that would help curb skin cancer.

The application, according to the WHO, is to help protect individuals from excessive ultraviolet exposure, a key cause of skin cancer and other ultraviolet-related diseases.

The WHO said the app will enable individuals to be aware of when to use sun protection, adding that it will help to lessen the burden of skin cancer and UV-related eye damage, globally.

According to the WHO, the app is programmed to give localised information regarding radiation levels in UV and also, highlight time slots when protection from the sun is necessary.

The global health agency said the launch of the SunSmart Global UV app was done in collaboration with, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

The WHO director, Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health, Dr. Maria Neira, said, “Evidence shows that overexposure to UV is the major cause of skin cancer.

“So, it’s vital for people to know when and how to protect ourselves.

“We encourage everyone to use the application to protect themselves and their children, and to make this a daily habit.”

Although, the sun is necessary for everyone majorly for the production of Vitamin D because it assists to prevent the occurrence of bone diseases like rickets, osteomalacia and osteoporosis.

The WHO however said too much sun can be hazardous, and even life-threatening.

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