Volunteers Need Sun Protection to Fight The Floods

The Skin Cancer Foundation donates more than 2000 bottles of Eau Thermale Avène sunscreen to flood victims in Missouri.

New York, NY (June 20, 2008) - With the recent floods caused by the Mississippi River, several hundred volunteers and flood victims in Pike County are facing serious sun damage as they continue massive sandbagging efforts in an attempt to protect homes, businesses and critical infrastructure. In an effort to help protect residents, The Skin Cancer Foundation, with the help of Eau Thermale Avène, has donated over 2000 bottles of the Avène Very High Protection Cream SPF 50 sunscreen.

"With the help of Avène, I am proud to say that the Foundation was able to send out the sunscreen within 24 hours of receiving this important request," said Perry Robins, MD, President, The Skin Cancer Foundation. "It's in situations like this one where our work can really make a difference. In addition to the sunscreen, we also sent them educational brochures about the importance of sun protection."

The historic event, the most damaging flood since 1993, has put residents out of their homes and in danger of sunburn, which can lead to skin cancer. "We have noticed many people with sunburns," said Lisa Pitzer (RN), Community Health Coordinator with the Pike County Health Department in Bowling Green, MO. According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, a person's risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had five or more sunburns at any age.

To learn more about sun protection and where to obtain the Avène sunscreen, contact Lisa Pitzer with the Pike County Health Department in Bowling Green, MO at 573-324-6373.