Schenectady County Installs Sunscreen Dispensers at Central Park

Central Park Sunscreen Dispensers

Schenectady County installed 2 new sunscreen dispensers in Schenectady’s Central Park earlier this month. The automatic dispensers provide broad-spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen to park patrons in 2 locations – at the playground entrance and attached to the restrooms next to the pavilion.

The dispensers were purchased with a Comprehensive Cancer Control Program grant from Health Research, Inc. and the New York State Department of Health. The grant focuses on skin cancer prevention and increasing awareness about the importance of using sunscreen.

“Applying sunscreen is an easy way to help lower your risk for skin cancer,” said County Legislator Peggy King. “The dispensers are touch-free, so kids and families can feel safe while they protect themselves from the sun’s harmful UV rays, even during the current pandemic.”

Skin cancer starts in the cells of the skin, and most often develops on skin exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, but can occur anywhere on the body. Of the three types of skin cancer (basal, squamous and melanoma), melanomas of the skin are considered the most dangerous as they are more likely to spread to other parts of the body.

In New York State, melanoma is the ninth most common type of cancer among both men and women. More than 4,000 New Yorkers are diagnosed with melanoma each year and nearly 500 die from melanoma every year.

With up to 90 percent of melanomas thought to be caused by UV exposure, reducing exposure to UV rays, which can be done by using a broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen, can help prevent many skin cancers.

Schenectady County Public Health Services recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least 15 SPF on any exposed skin. Apply the sunscreen to dry skin 15-30 minutes before going outdoors and re-apply it every two hours, as well as after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.



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