As people flock to beaches, parks, pools and other outdoor spaces this summer, a group of eight communities north of Boston are working to protect them from the harmful effects of the sun. Through a state-funded initiative that began in early July, more than 100 sunscreen dispensers have been installed at 70 locations for free public use in Beverly, Danvers, Lynn, Marblehead, Nahant, Peabody, Salem and Swampscott
“We all understand that melanoma affects each of our communities,” said David Greenbaum, Salem Health agent. “Tackling this issue together really shows the whole region how committed we are to sun protection and preventing all types of skin cancer.”
Municipalities offer North Shore Practice Safe Skin collaboration through an existing network where they work together to address common public health needs. The skin cancer prevention program, which will return next summer, is funded by state money Salem receives to support the collaboration. The communities partner with the nonprofit IMPACT Melanoma, which provides dispensers, sunscreens and related signs and also educates the public about skin cancer at health fairs, summer camps and other venues.
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