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Forgot your sunscreen? There may soon be dispensers of the stuff on the path to the beach and in the area's parks.

There are already 10 of the sunscreen receptacles at the Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park stadium, installed last Sunday. The SPF 30 sunscreen is free at the dispensers.

The initiative is intended to help bring down cases of melanoma. More cases of the skin cancer have been diagnosed every year in South Carolina, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

In 2015, 2,451 new cases were diagnosed, representing about 8 percent of all cancers in this state. One-hundred thirty-four people died of melanoma that year.

The death rate from melanoma has remained level over the years, even as the mortality rate for cancer on the whole has declined, according to DHEC. Young people between 18 and 25 years old are especially at risk for the disease, according to a press release from Belmond Charleston Place, a local organizer of the sunscreen receptacles. Other partners include the Medical University of South Carolina and the city of Charleston.

Alexandra Bailey, spokeswoman for Belmond Charleston Place, said the city of Charleston has received more dispensers and staff are scouting where in each park they should be placed. The tentative list of parks include:

Washington Park, Waterfront Park, White Point Garden, Both entrances to the Ravenel Bridge, Marion Square, Brittlebank Park, Colonial Lake/Moultrie Playground, Hampton Park, Harmon Field/Herbert Hasel Pool, Hazel Parker Playground, Charleston Maritime Center, St. Julian Devine Community Center.

Bailey said there is no definite date yet.

National organizers have put 4,000 dispensers in place across the country, in an effort to make sunscreen more easily available to the public.

Coordinators are hoping to raise $70,000 this year to fund the initiative. Donations to the campaign come along with incentives from Belmond Charleston Place, including a hotel stay for the highest tier.

"We are always looking for corporate or personal sponsors and would love to get these in more areas outside of Charleston," Bailey said.


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