Last updated: 12:49 PM ET, Sun March 15 2015

Free Sunscreen Stations Going Up in Miami Beach

Destination & Tourism | Michael Isenbek | March 15, 2015

Free Sunscreen Stations Going Up in Miami Beach

Photo courtesy of the Miami Herald

Miami Beach sun worshippers will be able to protect themselves from skin cancer gratis with the installation of free sunscreen dispensers throughout the seaside hotspot, the Miami Herald reported.

In a program sponsored by Mount Sinai Medical Center and Destination Brands, fifty stations located at public pools, parks and beach access points near lifeguard stations will dispense MB Miami Beach SPF 30 Triple Action Sea Kelp lotion. Supported by a $25,000 investment by Mount Sinai,  the installation of the stations will be completed within the next few weeks.

Dr. Jose Lutzky, head of Mount Sinai’s melanoma program, said Florida is second behind California in that particular type of cancer, but the trend is going in an undesirable direction.

“Unfortunately, our numbers are growing,” he said. “That is really something we do not want to be first in.”

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Over 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States yearly. Melanoma, the most serious skin cancer, will exceed 73,000 cases in 2015.

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