Morgan's Mole Patrol and Save Your Skin Foundation have launched two free public sunscreen dispensers at Kelowna hot spots.
The dispensers will be placed in the Kelowna's Visitor Centre and at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club, using automatic dispensers to provide Health Canada approved SPF 30 sunscreen, at no cost.
“It’s great to have free sunscreen available for skin health and cancer prevention in these central locations where thousands of people pass by every day," said Kelowna Major Colin Basran.
Karen Wells started Morgan's Mole Patrol Foundation after her son Morgan Forshner died at the age of 33, after being diagnosed with melanoma.
Wells started the foundation to bring awareness to sun safety.
“If you can’t do it for yourself, do it for Morgan, who would have done things differently if he only knew,” said
Wells. “If we can just save one family to not go through what he’s gone through and they could see their children grow up, he would want that.”
Studies show young people don't take sun safety seriously despite skin cancer rates rising every year, says Kathy Barnard, founder of Save Your Skin Foundation and a melanoma survivor.
Tips to safely enjoy the outdoors include:
- Limit time spent in direct sunlight, specifically between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
- Seek shade and stay covered with sufficient clothing.
- 20 minutes before sun exposure, apply sunscreen.
- Reapply sunscreen every two hours and anytime after swimming.
- Apply lip sunscreen or zinc oxide.