CORNING - The city recreation department is now offering public access sunscreen dispensers to help fight skin cancer, the number one diagnosed cancer in the United States.

Clare Ann Berleue, a city recreation leader, said the city recognizes easy access to sunscreen dispensers will help fight skin cancer, which is also the very preventable.

Sunscreen dispensers are located at Denison and Stewart Park Pools, the city’s five parks programs locations, the summer sports camps and the Corning Senior Center.

“I am excited the city is offering free access to sunscreen at various locations throughout the summer,” said Alex Hamilton, city recreation director.

Andrea Worley, MD, a Guthrie physician who specializes in pediatrics, said the dispensers offer touch-free dispensing of SPF-30+ broad spectrum sunscreen.

“SPF is the amount of protection the sunscreen provides to the skin,” Worley said. “It really looks at the hours, of how long you are protected. So the higher SPF is, the greater amount of blockage to the sun. But really all only last for about two hours.”

The sunscreen dispensers are a product of Sunstation USA, who has partnered with the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) to help jump start sustainable sun safety at the local level through the installation of community sunscreen dispensers.

Berleue said the sunscreen is 100 percent all-natural, environmentally friendly, reef-safe and weather resistant.

“The American Academy of Dermatology recommends 15-50 SPF for children,” Worley said. “As for adults I would give the same recommendations. The sunscreen should be reapplied about every two hours and even more often if in water or sweating.”

Berleue said skin cancer is the most detectable and preventable cancer in the United States.

“The city is excited to partner with American Academy of Dermatology to provide sunscreen dispensers at these heavily-used city facilities,” Berleue said. “In the past, we only offered them at the two city pools.”