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State parks, pools offer free sunscreen

Free sunscreen will be available for visitors at state park beaches and swimming pools throughout Pennsylvania this summer.

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced expansion of the program as a way to help residents protect against skin cancer.

“Protection from ultraviolet rays is critical as the weather warms and we spend more time outdoors,” Dunn said. “With Memorial Day weekend here, we want to promote safe outdoor activity and remind outdoors enthusiasts that more than 8,500 Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each day.”

The Department of Health and its Division of Cancer Prevention is partnering with DCNR to support the program to offer free sunscreen.

Experts say daily application of a sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher can aid in prevention of skin cancer. Health officials report one in 40 Pennsylvanians will be diagnosed with melanoma in their lifetime.

Pole-mounted, battery-operated dispensers, supplying 30+ SPF BrightGuard sunscreen applications, will be positioned at 33 state parks including Blue Knob, Canoe Creek, Cowans Gap, Greenwood Furnace and Shawnee.

DCNR’s sunscreen program began in 2017 when its Bureau of State Parks began supplying free sunscreen at Codorus and Pine Grove Furnace state parks. The program now has the potential to reach an estimated 1.5 million visitors this season.

“Our sunscreen program is key in helping park visitors prevent harmful exposure to the sun,” State Parks Director John Hallas said. “We look forward to seeing millions of visitors this summer season and encourage visitors to take advantage of the free sunscreen offering as they enjoy state parks.”

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