IMPACT Melanoma Set to Continue 'Safe Skin' Initiative Throughout Boston
Group collaborating with City of Boston, Brigham Health and Massachusetts General Hospital to relaunch touchless sunscreen dispensers
By: IMPACT Melanoma
"Boston was the first city in the country to progressively engage IMPACT Melanoma's 'Practice Safe Skin' program, which has been adopted by 42 states," said IMPACT Melanoma's Executive Director, Deb Girard. "We're thrilled to see expansion of the program throughout Boston, with the help of Brigham Health and MGH."
The sunscreen dispensers are touchless, automated machines enabling users to access sunscreen while limiting contact with surfaces and reducing the passage of germs or other infections. Social distancing and face coverings will also be encouraged for anyone utilizing the installed units.
"Wearing a mask or another type of face covering is strongly recommended right now due to COVID-19, but it's important to remember that a mask doesn't offer adequate protection from the sun," said David Fisher, MD, PhD, chief of the MGH Department of Dermatology. "These dispensers are another tool that can help us safeguard the public from skin damage and disease."
The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that more than 9,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with some form of skin cancer every day.
"In addition to the new COVID-19 behaviors we have adopted, we also need to protect ourselves from excessive sun exposure," said Thomas Kupper, MD, chair of the Department of Dermatology at Brigham and Women's Hospital. "For anyone participating in outside activities during the summer, sunscreen remains a practical and accessible way of protecting against skin cancer. The sunscreen dispensers are a great way to encourage the residents of Boston to be safe."
"This expanded program will educate and empower Boston residents and visitors to practice sun safety," said Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley. "I was proud to have spearheaded the first implementation of sunscreen dispensers, and look forward to seeing them installed at many more locations around the City of Boston."
The sunscreen dispensers will be available for public use through early October 2020.
Visit www.IMPACTmelanoma.org for further information.