The Buffalo Bisons and Roswell Park are teaming up this baseball season, encouraging fans to protect their skin.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. Experts say you should always choose a sunscreen that has an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher. Sunscreen should all be reapplied every 1-2 hours.
"Many people think that because we're in Buffalo, their risk of developing skin cancer is low, but skin cancer is the most common cancer even in Buffalo," said Ilene Rothman, MD, Department of Dermatology at Roswell Park. "Plenty of sun damage occurs on a cloudy day, and just one sunburn causes significant harm to your skin."
Free sunscreen will be provided to all visitors to the ballpark throughout the Bisons' 2018 season. Six sunscreen dispenser stations will be available at Coca-Cola Field.
Skin cancer awareness days will also be held throughout the season, kicking off with Melanoma Monday on Monday, May 7. Roswell Park representatives will be on hand to educate fans about the signs and symptoms of skin cancer, prevention and early detection.
Friday, May 25 is Don't Fry Day. It's part of the national effort to encourage sun safety awareness. The public will have an opportunity to learn more about skin cancer and get sunscreen samples during both events.