Boston Is Installing Free Sunscreen Dispensers

"I look forward to seeing it spreading across the country, much like the way my freckles spread every summer.”

Skin cancer is one of the most common and most preventable cancers out there. There are plenty of PSAs reminding people to wear sunscreen, but always remembering to carry and apply it can be tricky.

Boston is fighting skin cancer by installing sunscreen dispensers in parks, getting rid of people's excuses for not protecting their skin.

According to WBUR, NPR's Boston affiliate, city councilman Matt O'Malley first proposed the initiative in April. "I look forward to seeing it spreading across the country, much like the way my freckles spread every summer" said O'Malley.

O'Malley got the idea from a medical student who said their use was growing in places like water parks and some beaches.

The program is starting off with 30 dispensers in five major parks, including Boston Common and Jamaica Pond. The initiative is funded through a partnership with organizations including the Melanoma Foundation of New England, meaning it won't cost the public anything.

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