Rhode Island Leads in Skin Cancer Prevention as First State in the Nation to Offer Statewide Complimentary Natural Sunscreen Stations

In a leading effort to protect its residents from skin cancer, the Ocean State has brought back public natural sunscreen dispensers at all state beaches and parks this summer.

These efforts are brought to Rhode Island state by RI Governor Gina Raimondo and US Senator Jack Reed, Rhode Island Department of Health, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, The Partnership to Reduce Cancer in Rhode Island, Rhode Island-based South County Dermatology and Raw Elements USA®, a certified natural sunscreen company founded by a long time Rhode Island lifeguard.

Launched last May and seeing over 75,000 uses throughout the summer 2019 season, Rhode Island's groundbreaking and effective statewide initiative of offering complimentary, environmentally-safe sunscreen dispenser stations provided by Raw Elements USA®, a certified natural sunscreen company, at all State Beaches and Parks is being brought back for the 2020 summer season. The dispensers have been updated from last year to be touch-free.

"As we continue to deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 public health crisis, we also must remember to use sunscreen to reduce the risk of developing skin cancer. I'm proud that we'll be offering no-cost sunscreen stations at our parks and beaches again this year. We thank Raw Elements for using new, touch-free dispensers to safely help thousands of visitors take the first step toward preventing skin cancer." - Governor Gina M. Raimondo

Released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in May 2020, only 25% of 1,300 SPF products offer adequate protection and do not contain worrisome ingredients. With 20% non-nano zinc oxide as its sole active ingredient, Raw Elements has been rated a leading sunscreen option by the EWG for the past nine years and meets the FDA's proposed rule on sunscreen ingredients GRASE (generally recognized as safe and effective).

We have worked incredibly hard to find the best automatic, touch-free dispensers out there in order to ensure we were able to keep protecting Rhode Island for 2020. As a longtime Narraganset ocean lifeguard, this initiative is close to home. It feels great to help everyone in the state protect themselves and our oceans." - Brian Guadagno, founder of Raw Elements

Overexposure to the sun is the leading cause of skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the U.S. By making natural sunscreen readily available throughout the State, the Ocean State is helping its millions of sun-seeking residents and visitors take the first step in reducing their risk of developing skin cancer while educating on the harmful effects of chemical sunscreen on the ocean and its marine life.