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6 Phoenix splash pads have free sunscreen dispensers

Thanks to a partnership between the Phoenix Parks Department and Impact Melanoma, a nonprofit focused on prevention, education and programs to reduce the incidence of melanoma, visitors to six splash pads will have access to sun protection.

Melanoma accounts for about 1% of all skin cancers, but theAmerican Cancer Society says melanoma causes the large majority of skin cancer deaths. Symptoms can include a change in an existing mole or a new, unusual growth.

Impact Melanoma has installed sunscreen dispensers next to six splash pads at:

  • Altadena Park - 3711 E. Altadena Ave.
  • Margaret T. Hance Park – 67 W. Culver St.
  • El Oso Park - 3451 N. 75th Ave.
  • Mariposa Park - 3150 W. Morten Ave.
  • Nuestro Park - 1433 S. 9th St.
  • Trailside Point Park - 7215 W. Vineyard Rd.

Experts say sun protection products should be applied 20-30 minutes before going outside and reapplied every two hours. If you’ve been sweating or in water, it should be reapplied every 40-80 minutes, even if you’re wearing a waterproof product.
The Skin Cancer Institute at the University of Arizona Health Sciencessuggests using a product with a SPF of at least 30 and contain one of the following:

  • Zinc oxide: Inorganic, physical UV blocker
  • Titanium dioxide: Inorganic, physical UV blocker
  • Avobenzone: Organic, UV absorber
  • Mexoryl: Organic, UV absorber
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