The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden has teamed up with Stephenson Cancer Center to provide five free sunscreen dispensers to visitors through this Labor Day, Monday, September 2. The bright yellow sunscreen dispensers provide UVA-UVB sunscreen with SPF 30 which helps protect skin from the harmful effects of the sun, including skin cancers like melanoma.
The five dispensers are located in the men’s and women’s restrooms in the entry plaza, the men’s and women’s restrooms in the Children’s Zoo and in the women’s restroom at the Centennial Choo-Choo Train Station.
The sunscreen blend used in the dispensers helps reduce the damage of sun exposure without known harmful chemicals, including compounds that can damage aquatic habitats.
One in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime. The rates of melanoma have been rising for the last 30 years with one person dying from disease every hour. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 96,480 new melanomas will be diagnosed in 2019, with about 7,230 people are expected to die of disease.
The pumps were funded by Stephenson Cancer Center and the Zoo is providing maintenance and refills.
Established in 2001, Stephenson Cancer Center is a critical resource for research-driven, patient-centered, multidisciplinary treatment. Oklahoma’s only NCI-Designated Cancer Center coordinates a statewide network that supports clinical trials and community-engaged research. Oncology services at Stephenson are part of OU Medicine, Oklahoma’s only academic health system with the largest, most comprehensive network of physicians and specialty practice.