Free sunscreen to protect Tucson Festival of Books attendees

Free sunscreen to protect Tucson Festival of Books attendees

The University of Arizona Cancer Center’s Skin Cancer Institute will set up four sunscreen stations throughout the UA campus mall during the March 9-10 Tucson Festival of Books offering attendees free skin protection.

“With more than 100,000 people attending the event it’s important for us to help our community and visitors be sun safe,” said Robin Harris, PhD, deputy director of the Skin Cancer Institute.

The sunscreen stations include signs explaining the proper application of skin screen, a mirror to help apply the sunscreen evenly and a gallon of SPF 30 sunscreen.

There will also be free sunscreen and skin cancer information available at the University of Arizona Cancer Center Booth No. 515 in Science City.

The Festival of Books is the area’s first large outdoor spring event. Spring brings warmer and longer days and more intense sunlight. It’s the perfect time to remind the community about protecting your skin from the sun. Ultraviolet rays from the sun are the number one cause of skin cancer, Harris said.

Other helpful tips to remember while attending the Festival of Books:

• Dress in long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Darker colors and tighter weaves work best.

• Wear a wide-brimmed hat that covers your head, face, ears and neck.

• Protect your eyes with sunglasses that have large frames and 99-100 percent UVA/UVB protection.

Get more information on skin cancer and ways to prevent it.

- March 4, 2013