Every year there are more people diagnosed with skin cancer than all other cancers combined. At the same time, most skin cancer diagnoses are caused by overexposure to the sun, making skin cancer the most preventable kind of cancer. Therefore, providing people with their personal, real-time UV exposure through a wearable would empower people to better manage their risk of skin cancer.
While UV wearables already exist, these technologies are currently unable to provide accurate UV data to an individual. This is due to these devices' failure to account for the influence of relative angle to the sun on a UV sensor's readout. As a result, these devices are unable to help people monitor their UV exposure in a truly meaningful way. Lumen provides the first existing solution to this problem by taking into account angular incidence from the sun and correcting the value a UV sensor reads through calibrated algorithms and machine learning.
Lumen's technology is powerful not only because it is the first to be able to accurately calculate UV, but also because it can easily be incorporated into an existing wearable, requiring only the addition of a few parts which take up minimal circuit board space. This technology represents the first real step towards reversing the skin cancer epidemic.