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Portable equipment for taking dramatic sun-damagerevealing photos at skin cancer prevention outreach events


In recent years, appearance-based interventionshave gained popularity as a means to improve publicawareness about skin cancer and sun protectivebehaviors. Although numerous reports discuss theuse of ultraviolet (UV) camera devices for this purpose,studies on the use of portable imaging devicesin community outreach events do not presentlyexist. In this report, we discuss how we successfullyutilize portable imaging devices at communityoutreach events. We also discuss the advantages anddisadvantages of our portable devices in comparisonto traditional UV cameras. Portable imaging devicesare easy to use and have allowed us to increase ourinvolvement in community outreach events targetinga wide range of participants.

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