Multiple locations in the communities of confirmed summer sidePEI, River View, NB, New Westminster, BC and Brooks, AB More will follow in other provinces this summer

TORONTO, August 3, 2022 /CNW/ – This summer there are free public sunscreen dispensers at locations across the way Canada as part of a pilot project to fight skin cancer by making sunscreen more accessible.

The project was supported by the Save Your Skin Foundation and siblings of medical students Samuel and Karen Faragwith the support of the communities of summer sidePEI, River View, NB, New Westminster, BCand Brooks, AB – as well as BC cancer.

“Sun-related skin conditions can be devastating for sufferers and their loved ones,” he said Samuel Faraga third-year medical student Sherbrooke University. “This is a very important issue here Atlantic Canada. The good news, however, is that we are not powerless. It is therefore an honor to support the fight against this ever-growing problem alongside experienced professionals at the Save Your Skin Foundation in the city I call home.”

“Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer and also one of the most preventable,” said Dr. Cheryl Peters, Chief Cancer Prevention Scientist at BC Cancer and the BC Center for Disease Control. “Increasing the availability and accessibility of sunscreen products, such as sunscreen, in a variety of recreational and occupational settings can help reduce the risk of skin cancer. This is especially true for people who find it harder to avoid the sun, such as outdoor workers.”

The donors inside New Westminster will be available for public use at Moody and Hume Outdoor Pools, Grimston Park Wading Pool and City Parks Works Yard to support city employees with their outdoor work.

“Summers are getting hotter and drier, and the health and safety of our community is always our top priority,” the mayor said Jonathan Cote. “We are excited to be part of this initiative to ensure everyone has free access to sunscreen so our residents and visitors can protect their skin while enjoying our parks.”

The donors inside summer sidePEI will be available at Summerside Turf Field, Leger Park, Summerside Boardwalk and a mobile dispenser to be used for festivals and public events.

The donor inside River View, NB are available behind the gazebo on the Riverfront Trail.

The donor inside Brooks, AB will be available from duke from Sutherland Park and Splash Pad.

The dispensers will be automatic and touch-free, and will provide free Health Canada-approved SPF 30 sunscreen to anyone who needs it. The dispensers contain mineral sunscreen with SPF 30, a zinc oxide-based sunscreen free from chemical sunscreens, common allergens and toxic ingredients such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, retinyl palminate, PEG, perfume and sodium lauryl sulfate. Click HERE for the full ingredient list.

“Studies show that young people still don’t take sun protection seriously, even though incidence rates are increasing every year,” he says Kathy Barnard, stage 4 melanoma survivor and founder of the Save Your Skin Foundation. “Skin cancer can be deadly, but it’s also highly preventable.”

Applying sunscreen is part of an overall sun-safe way to enjoy the great outdoors. First of all, limit your time in direct sunlight between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m, seek shade, cover yourself by wearing long sleeves and trousers and a wide-brimmed hat. Use sunscreen, especially one that is broad spectrum, SPF 30, and protect lips with lip sunscreen or zinc oxide. Apply 20 minutes before sun exposure and repeat every two hours or after swimming.

About Save Your Skin Foundation

Save Your Skin Foundation (SYSF) is a patient-led, non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against non-melanoma skin cancer, melanoma and ocular melanoma through education, advocacy and awareness initiatives across the board Canada. SYSF provides a community of oncology patients and caregivers supported throughout the continuum of care, from prevention and diagnosis to survival. Please visit saveyourskin.ca for more information.

SOURCE Save Your Skin Foundation

For more information: Media Contact: Amy Rosvold, Save Your Skin Foundation, 778-317-1485, [email protected]

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