Coffs gets aboard the bus to better sun sense this summer

Andrew Berry with skin consultant Nathan Cox in the Sunsence UV Photobus. Photo: Leigh Jensen/The Coffs Coast Advocate.
Andrew Berry with skin consultant Nathan Cox in the Sunsence UV Photobus. Photo: Leigh Jensen/The Coffs Coast Advocate. Leigh Jensen/The Coffs Coast Adv

WHETHER the results were good or bad, the SunSense UV Photobus gave Coffs Harbour residents the news about sun damage to their skin in black and white yesterday.

The special technology employed provides an image that shows up many of the otherwise unnoticeable effects of sun exposure.

The bus, together with SunSense consultants, were at City Square on Wednesday attracting huge crowds of both curious passers-by as well as people seeking out the free health check.

And while the result isn't intended to diagnose skin cancer, it can be used as a tool for GPs to isolate areas of concern.

Bus tour manager Andrew Flanagan said that it was a good idea to have the image taken before summer so that a visit to your doctor when the weather starts to cool can show up changes.

"It shows where to look for potential trouble spots," Mr Flanagan said.

The technology also provides a "Sunsensibility" score, which compares hidden UV damage on a person's face to the rest of the population.

"For example I have a feature count of 623 which is high for someone my age, so being aware of that will help me to take care of my skin into the future," Mr Flanagan said.

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