PILOT PROJECT LAUNCHES FREE PUBLIC SUNSCREEN DISPENSERS IN MUNICIPALITIES ACROSS CANADA

Several locations confirmed in the municipalities of summersidePEI, Riverview, N.B., New Westminster, BC and Brooks, Alta. with more to come in other provinces this summer

TORONTO, August 3, 2022 /CNW/ – This summer, free public sunscreen dispensers will arrive everywhere Canada as part of a pilot project to fight skin cancer by making sunscreen more accessible.

The project was powered by Save Your Skin Foundation and medical student siblings Samuel and Karen Faragwith the support of the municipalities of summersidePEI, Riverview, N.B., New Westminster, BCand Brooks, Alta. – as well as BC Cancer.

“Sun-induced skin disorders can be devastating for those affected and their loved ones,” said Samuel Faragthird-year medical student at University of Sherbrooke. “It is a very important question here in Atlantic Canada. However, the good news is that we are not helpless. So it’s an honor to help fight this ever-growing problem alongside experienced professionals from the Save Your Skin Foundation in the city I call home.”

“Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers and also one of the most preventable,” said Dr. Cheryl Peters, senior cancer prevention scientist at BC Cancer and the BC Center for Disease Control. “Increasing the availability and accessibility of sun protection, such as sunscreen, in various recreational and occupational settings may help reduce the risk of skin cancer. This is especially true in people who have more hard to avoid the sun, as outdoor workers.”

The distributors of new westminster will be available for public use at the Moody and Hume Outdoor Pools, the Grimston Park Wading Pool and the Municipal Parks Works Yard to assist municipal staff working outdoors.

“Summers are getting hotter and drier, and the health and safety of our community is always our number one priority,” the mayor said. Jonathan Cote. “We are thrilled 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 distributors of summersidePEI will be available at Summerside Turf Field, Leger Park, the Summerside Boardwalk and a mobile vending machine for use at festivals and public events.

The distributor in Riverview, N.B. will be available behind the gazebo on the Riverfront Trail.

The distributor in Brooks, Alta. will be available at duke from Sutherland Park and Splash Pad.

The dispensers will be automatic and contactless, and will provide free Health Canada-approved SPF 30 sunscreen to anyone who needs it. Dispensers will contain SPF 30 mineral sunscreen, which is a zinc oxide-based sunscreen free from chemical sunscreens, common allergens and toxic ingredients including oxybenzone, avobenzone, retinylpalminate , PEG, fragrance and sodium lauryl sulfate. Click HERE to see the full list of ingredients.

“Studies show that young people still don’t take sun protection seriously despite incidence rates increasing every year,” says Kathy Barnard, stage 4 melanoma survivor and founder of 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 outdoors. First, limit your time in direct sunlight, especially between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., seek shade, cover up by wearing long sleeves and wide-brimmed pants and hat. Use sunscreen, especially a labeled broad-spectrum sunscreen, SPF 30, protect lips with lip sunscreen or zinc oxide. Apply 20 minutes before sun exposure, and renew every two hours or after swimming.

About Save Your Skin Foundation

Save Your Skin Foundation (SYSF) is a patient-driven non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against non-melanoma skin cancers, melanoma and ocular melanoma through education initiatives, advocacy and raising awareness through Canada. SYSF provides a community of oncology patients and caregiver support across the continuum of care, from prevention and diagnosis to survivorship. Please visit saveyourskin.ca for more information.

SOURCE Save Your Skin Foundation

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

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