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Lucy Barnable

Sunscreen Maker Donates Money To Build Shade Shelters On US Playgrounds

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A sunscreen company has teamed up with the nation’s leading group of dermatologists to install shade shelters in playgrounds and parks around the country. Murad, a skincare company that sells an array of sunscreen products, is contributing $125,000 to the American Academy of Dermatology for a program called Shade America, which the groups announced Tuesday.

The first protective canopy will be installed this month at Lafayette Park in Los Angeles. Murad says these permanent installations will block harmful ultraviolet rays, prevent 100 percent of burns that children suffer while playing outside and protect against more than 90 percent of skin cancers. The project’s stated goal is to provide shade to 1 million children over five years. Future screens will go up at parks in Scottsdale, Arizona; Seattle; Dallas; Chicago; Miami; and New York City.


  • Each year in the US, nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer.61 In 2006, in the most recent study available, 3.5 million cases were diagnosed in 2.2 million people.2
  • Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.2
  • Treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancers increased by nearly 77 percent between 1992 and 2006.1
  • Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.3
  • One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.


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