Town of Huntington to provide to the community an important tool for skin cancer prevention.
(L to R): Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation Bill Musto; Director of Parks and Recreation Greg Wagner; Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci; Randy Howard, VP of Operations, Huntington Hospital; Dr. Michael Dannenberg, Chairman of Dermatology, Huntington Hospital. Huntington sunscreen dispenser graphic.
Photo by: Town of Huntington
Northport, NY - August 1, 2018 - Huntington Town Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci was joined by Randy Howard, Vice President of Operations at Huntington Hospital-Northwell Health, and Dr. Michael Dannenberg, Chairman of Dermatology at Huntington Hospital, at Crab Meadow Beach to unveil one of the sixteen free SPF 30 sunscreen dispensers installed at no cost to taxpayers across the Town.
“We are always looking for new ways to provide solutions without using taxpayer funding,” said Supervisor Lupinacci, who sponsored the resolution for the new skin cancer prevention program. “Rest assured that if you visit a Town of Huntington beach and forget your sunscreen, we are now equipped with free sun protection at no cost to you – or the Town – thanks to Huntington Hospital-Northwell Health.”
“We are proud to partner with the Town of Huntington to provide to the community an important tool for skin cancer prevention. This joint program allows residents to enjoy the sun in a safe manner at our beautiful parks and beaches,” explained Randy Howard, Vice President of Operations at Huntington Hospital.
“Rates of skin cancer have been increasing over the past several decades,” explains Michael Dannenberg, MD, Chairman of Dermatology at Huntington Hospital. “By applying sunscreen regularly while outside and wearing UV protective clothing, this disease becomes much more preventable.”
The new initiative, sponsored entirely by Huntington Hospital-Northwell Health, uses no taxpayer funding. Sixteen sunscreen dispensers equipped with SPF 30 sunscreen lotion were installed this week at fourteen locations across Town parks, beaches, and golf courses, and will be monitored and refilled regularly. Creative Advertising Concepts helped coordinate the initiative and designed the signage for the dispensers.
Sunscreen dispenser locations include Asharoken Beach, Breezy Park, Centerport Beach, Crab Meadow Beach (2 sunscreen dispensers), Crab Meadow Golf Course, Crescent Beach, Dix Hills Pool (and Dix Hills Golf Course when the pool is closed for the season), Elwood Park (Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo Memorial Spray Park), Fleets Cove Beach, Gold Star Battalion Beach, Hobart Beach, Manor Field Park, West Neck Beach, and Veterans Park.
Approximately 484 cases of skin cancer are reported yearly in Suffolk County; 48 Suffolk County residents die annually from the disease.