UV Beads Used in South Africa to Teach Dangers of Sun Exposure
South Africa has the highest rate of skin cancer in Africa and is second to Australia in the world skin cancer rates. The Human Alliance for Cancer Awareness (HACA) is working to create clubs in South African high schools to improve students’ knowledge and awareness of cancer.
The HACA team shares videos on the impact of cancer and engages the students in a quiz show about their knowledge of cancer.
Each attendee also receives a wristband with UV Beads from Steve Spangler Science. UV Beads contain pigments that change color when exposed to ultraviolet light. Ultraviolet (UV) light is invisible radiation that will give you a sunburn and injure your eyes. It is important to use sunglasses and sunscreens as they reflect UV photons.
The students in South Africa wear the beads to help them indicate their exposure to the sun. Dark-skinned Africans are less prone to sunburns but are in danger of getting skin cancer from sun exposure.
Where can one buy these beads in south africa? I am in Cape Town.
Hi Reinhardt – Thank you for visiting our blog. We unfortunately do not offer international shipping. What some of our customers have done is had their order shipped to a friend or family member in the U.S. and then they mail it on to you from there. You can also try Googling the beads to see if you can find a company that ships internationally. I apologize for the inconvenience and hope you can find a way to get the beads.