What to Know
- Boston and Miami Beach offer free sunscreen in many public places
- Comptroller Scott Stringer said the dispensers wouldn't be expensive to implement
- The number of adults treated for skin cancer each year rose nearly 40 percent between 2006 and 2011
New York City's comptroller is proposing placing free sunscreen dispensers at all city public parks, beaches, pools and playgrounds to help reduce the risk of skin cancer.
Comptroller Scott Stringer says the dispensers could be installed "at virtually no cost" to the city through public-private partnerships.
He pointed to Boston and Miami Beach, which have similar programs.
Stringer says the number of adults treated for skin cancer each year rose nearly 40 percent between 2006 and 2011.
He says research shows that 30-plus SPF sunscreen can provide necessary protections against the sun's harmful rays and drastically reduce the risk of skin cancer.
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