Rhode Island state beaches, parks to offer free sunscreen
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is doing its part to wipe out skin cancer caused by overexposure to the sun.
Gov. Gina Raimondo and U.S. Sen. Jack Reed announced Monday that the state is teaming up with sunscreen company Raw Elements USA to offer free sunscreen dispenser stations at all state-run beaches and several parks for the 2019 summer season.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., with more than two million new cases diagnosed and more than five million people treated each year. Overexposure to the sun is the leading cause of skin cancer.
Offering environmentally-safe sunscreen to visitors to state beaches is a way to help reduce the risk of developing skin cancer.
The statewide program is based on the town of Narragansett’s free sunscreen program.