The future of sun protection is here.

There are two types of skin cancer

Melanoma

Melanoma is a life-threatening skin cancer, often requiring heavy treatment such has chemotherapy.  

According to the CDC, over 76,000 people were diagnosed with melanoma in 2014 in the US and nearly 10,000 died.

Non-melanoma
("basal" and "squamous")

This is the most common form of skin cancer, affecting 3 million people per year in the US.

These cancers are curable but are very serious for immunosuppressed people. They can also cause disfigurement (basal) and spread to other parts of the body (squamous).

What are the signs of skin cancer?

It is crucial to catch skin cancer early. You should consult a dermatologist regularly and keep an eye on your moles and all skin lesions. Dermatologists have developed a visual system to help you identify suspect moles.

A = Asymmetry

Asymmetrical moles have a higher likelihood of being cancerous.

B = Borders

Notice moles with outer edges that are uneven.

C = Color

Look for moles that are dark black or have multiple colors.

D = Diameter

A mole with a diameter greater than 6mm may be suspect.

E = Evolving

Note any changes in size, shape, or color.

A = Asymmetry

Asymmetrical moles have a higher likelihood of being cancerous.

B = Borders

Notice moles with outer edges that are uneven.

C = Color

Look for moles that are dark black or have multiple colors.

D = Diameter

A mole with a diameter greater than 6mm may be suspect.

E = Evolving

Note any changes in size, shape, or color.

UV exposure is a risk factor for all skin cancers

Sources of harmful UV exposure

There are two types of UV: UVB and UVA. UVB usually leads to visible burns and UVA rarely burns, but it still is associated with skin aging, cancer risk, and other UV-triggered immune reactions.

Tanning beds

Tanning beds are used by people for aesthetic purposes. Tanning beds use very high doses of UVA, much higher than what sunlight delivers. There is no "safe" tanning bed.

Sunlight

Sunlight is essential to our social life, happiness, mood, and even vitamin D. Sunlight is a complex combination of UVB and UVA.

How much UV exposure is too much?

Intuition about UV light levels is often wrong. Without measuring UV exposure, you must always be extremely cautious to minimize your UV exposure.

But now, there is a new solution.

Funded by the Department of Health and developed at Weill-Cornell Medicine, Shade provides you with clinical limits of UV exposure, and a scientific-grade sensor to ensure you do not go over these limits.

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Shade: UV sensor + App duo

Sensor
Our sensor is wearable technology that scientifically measures your UV exposure.
App
The sensor syncs wirelessly to our app and helps you stay one step ahead.

Precise, accurate & versatile

Measures UV everwhere, even from light bulbs.
Validated to be as sensitive as laboratory equipment.
Using a powerful magnet, wear Shade on a t-shirt, jacket, or bag.

With our app, you're always one step ahead

Our app is always connected to the Shade sensor, giving you personalized notifications ahead of time.

Personalized Advice
At Shade, we know that everyone has a different sensitivity to UV.
Sunscreen Smart
Wear sunscreen? The sensor will take it into account.
Smart Notifications
Be notified when you get 20% closer to your UV limit.
Customer Service
Any question? We're only one tap away in the app.
Personalized advice
Everyone is different. Shade enables you to find a daily limit of UV that works for you.
Sunscreen smart
Wear sunscreen? The sensor will take it into account
Smart notifications
Receive a notification on your sensor and app when you get 20% closer to your daily limit.
Customer Service
If you have any questions about the app or your sensor, we're only one tap away in the app.