The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Free Screening Tour Returns to the Road

The Road to Healthy Skin Tour celebrates its fifth year providing free skin cancer screenings across the country. Nearly 20 new cities added to 2012 Tour schedule.

March 5, 2012 (New York, NY) – The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Road to Healthy Skin Tour, presented by AVEENO® and Rite Aid, returns to the road this March. The Tour, which started in 2008, travels across the country for six consecutive months utilizing local volunteer dermatologists who provide free full-body skin cancer screenings in the Tour’s 38-ft RV. 

For the fifth year in a row, the RV will hit the road, making an estimated 85 stops in 27 states. Approximately 55 of the stops will be at Rite Aid stores. The Tour will begin on March 19 in Raleigh, N.C., and end September 22 in Houston, Texas. In an effort to reach new communities, the Tour has planned new stops in upstate New York, Georgia, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Virginia. For the complete Tour schedule and other interactive features, visit http://www.skincancer.org/tour. 

“The Tour was created to help detect skin cancers early so they can be easily and effectively treated,” said Perry Robins, MD, President, The Skin Cancer Foundation. “We also hope to raise awareness and educate the public about the importance of sun protection, while encouraging people to see their dermatologist once a year, as well as perform self-exams once a month.” 

The Road to Healthy Skin Tour is made possible by the generous support of presenting sponsors AVEENO® and Rite Aid. Additional support is provided by Columbia Sportswear Company, FITNESS magazine and LEO Pharma, Inc. 

How It Works

At each stop, people can visit the Tour’s 38-foot customized RV to receive a quick, easy and potentially life-saving full-body skin cancer screening. Local dermatologists who have donated their time and services to the Foundation conduct the screenings. The patient is given a brief form to fill out and then shown to one of the RV’s two private exam rooms. The dermatologist returns and examines the patient’s skin from head to toe. The doctor will then note the findings on the form and make recommendations for next steps, including a biopsy if necessary.

The exam takes approximately ten minutes, and participants are advised to arrive to the screenings early, as the screenings are provided on a first-come, first served basis. Educational materials that explain how to perform monthly skin checks at home and the proper ways to protect the skin from the sun on a daily basis are provided to Tour participants, along with sunscreen samples and giveaways.

The Results

The Tour fulfills a need in many communities – people regularly begin lining up before the RV arrives and Tour staff members report that participants often tell of traveling for hours or missing work to take advantage of the screenings. To date, more than 13,000 people have received free screenings. Approximately 5,269 suspected cancers and precancers (such as actinic keratoses) have been detected, including 239 suspected melanomas, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

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For more information, please contact:

Carla Barry-Austin (212-725-5641; cbarryaustin@skincancer.org)

Becky Wiley (646-583-7988; rwiley@skincancer.org)

Editor’s Note: Interior and exterior images of the RV are available upon request in addition to crowd shots from previous Tour stops.

 

The Skin Cancer Foundation

The Skin Cancer Foundation is the only global organization solely devoted to the prevention, early detection and treatment of skin cancer.  The mission of the Foundation is to decrease the incidence of skin cancer through public and professional education and research.  For more information, visit www.SkinCancer.org. 

Aveeno®

The AVEENO® Brand is one of the brands of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company division of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. The AVEENO® Brand, a leader in ACTIVE NATURALS® technologies, uses the best of nature to deliver scientifically proven, effective beauty care products.  Recommended by dermatologists for more than 60 years, the Brand is committed to developing breakthrough product formulations with new and existing natural ingredients, many which deliver clinically proven results.  The AVEENO® Brand is the skincare brand most trusted by dermatologists for its use of natural ingredients.  The AVEENO® Line includes beauty care products for face, body, baby, hair and sun protection. For more information about the AVEENO® Brand and its product offerings, visit: www.aveeno.com.

Rite Aid

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with approximately 4,700 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2011 annual revenues of $25.2 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Columbia Sportswear Company

Founded in 1938 in Portland, Oregon, Columbia Sportswear Company is a global leader in the design, sourcing, marketing and distribution of active outdoor apparel and footwear. As one of the largest outerwear manufacturers in the world and a leading seller of skiwear in the United States, the Company has developed an international reputation for quality, performance, functionality and value. The Company manages a portfolio of outdoor brands including Columbia Sportswear, Montrail, Mountain Hardwear, Pacific Trail, and Sorel. To learn more about Columbia, please visit the Company's website at www.columbia.com.

FITNESS Magazine

Launched in 1992, FITNESS magazine is a leading source for all the latest news on health, nutrition and exercise. The magazine and its partner website, fitnessmagazine.com, are devoted to delivering strategies and tools that help women make little changes to achieve big success. With a you-can-do-it attitude, our workouts, health and beauty advice, diet plans and success stories motivate readers to get strong in mind, body, and spirit. The magazine empowers women to embrace fitness as a lifestyle—not an age or dress size—and to change the conversation from "skinny" to "healthy." FITNESS is published 10 times a year by Meredith Corporation [NYSE: MDP], with a rate base of 1.5 million and an audience of 7.6 million readers.  For more information, please visit www.fitnessmagazine.com.

LEO Pharma Inc. 

LEO Pharma Inc. is headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, and is the U.S. affiliate of Denmark-based LEO Pharma A/S, a global leader in dermatology and critical care with more than 100 years of history as an independent, research-based specialty pharmaceutical company. LEO Pharma A/S, makers of the Taclonex® and newly released Picato™ brand of products, is wholly owned by the LEO Foundation. The company is developing a number of new products, in their quest to helping people achieve healthy skin. To learn more about LEO Pharma Inc., visit www.leo-pharma.us.