The Skin Cancer Foundation Launches Life-Saving Tour Bringing Free Skin Cancer Screenings to Thousands Nationwide

6th Annual Road to Healthy Skin Tour Set to Make
50 Stops in 11 States between May and August

May 06, 2013 (New York, NY) – The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Road to Healthy Skin Tour, presented by Rite Aid, will launch its annual cross-country journey this month, bringing free skin cancer screenings to communities in 11 states. Now in its sixth year, the Road to Healthy Skin Tour works with local volunteer dermatologists who provide quick, easy and potentially life-saving full-body skin cancer screenings. This year’s Tour begins on May 14 in Hoboken, N.J., and ends on Aug. 30 in Redwood City, Calif., making approximately 50 stops along the way at Rite Aid stores. In addition to providing the screenings, which are listed online at SkinCancer.org/Tour, the Tour seeks to raise skin cancer awareness, and educate the public about the importance of prevention and early detection.

“New research reveals that just one visit to a dermatologist reduces the risk of an invasive melanoma diagnosis by 37 percent,” said Perry Robins, MD, President of The Skin Cancer Foundation. “Skin cancers found and removed early are almost always curable, which is why The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that everyone visit a dermatologist annually for a professional skin exam, in addition to practicing monthly head-to-toe self exams, looking for any new or changing lesions that might be cancerous or precancerous.”

More than 16,000 people have received free screenings since the Tour began in 2008. Nearly 7,000 suspected cancers and precancers (such as actinic keratosis) have been detected, including 295 suspected melanomas, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

"One in five Americans develops skin cancer over the course of a lifetime, making it the most common form of cancer in the United States," said Rite Aid Executive Vice President of Pharmacy Robert I. Thompson, RPh. "That's why Rite Aid is proud to have sponsored the Road to Healthy Skin Tour every year since its inaugural journey."

In addition to emphasizing early detection, The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that everyone adopt a complete sun-protection regimen that includes seeking shade, covering up with clothing (including wide-brimmed hats and UV-blocking sunglasses), and wearing broad spectrum sunscreen every day. Large, opaque umbrellas, awnings and UV-blocking window film provide additional protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

How It Works:
The exam takes approximately ten minutes, and participants are advised to arrive early, as screenings are provided on a first-come, first served basis. The participant is given a brief form to fill out and then shown to one of the RV’s two private exam rooms. After the participant changes into a gown, the dermatologist examines the patient’s skin from head-to-toe. The doctor will note the findings on the form and make recommendations for next steps, including a biopsy if necessary. Tour participants will receive 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, along with sunscreen samples and other giveaways. For the complete Tour schedule and other interactive features, visit SkinCancer.org/Tour.

The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Road to Healthy Skin Tour, presented by Rite Aid, receives additional support from Energizer Personal Care – the makers of Banana Boat® and Hawaiian Tropic® brand sunscreens – Leo Pharma Inc., LLumar Window Films® and BASF Corporation.

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

Contact:
Carla Barry-Austin (212-725-5641; cbarryaustin@skincancer.org)
Becky Wiley (646-583-7988; rwiley@skincancer.org)
@SkinCancerPR

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 SkinCancer.org

Rite Aid
Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with more than 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2013 annual revenues of $25.4 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

About Energizer Personal Care
A leading manufacturer of health and beauty products around the world, Energizer Personal Care is a division of Energizer Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ENR), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Energizer Personal Care markets products in more than 100 countries worldwide under the Playtex®, Playtex Sport®, Playtex Gentle Glide®, Skintimate® and Schick® brands.  Playtex and all other trademarks are licensed or owned by Energizer or its affiliates.

About Banana Boat® Brand
The Banana Boat® brand offers a wide range of product options that provide today's busy family with reliable sun protection without worry, so the fun can go on.  The advanced technology in Banana Boat® sunscreen products provides effective broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection.  Banana Boat® sunscreens with SPFs 15 or higher have carried The Skin Cancer Foundation's Seal of Recommendation for almost two decades. 

About Hawaiian Tropic® Brand
Founded in 1969, the Hawaiian Tropic® brand is one of the most iconic and best-known sun care brands in the U.S. With a wide range of products including sunscreens, sunless tanning, kids/baby, after sun, sport and lip, Hawaiian Tropic® sunscreens deliver “indulgent sun protection.” All Hawaiian Tropic® sunscreens with SPFs of 15 and higher meet the Food & Drug Administration’s requirements for broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection.  Hawaiian Tropic® sunscreens with SPFs 15 or higher have carried The Skin Cancer Foundation's Seal of Recommendation for almost two decades.

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 is wholly owned by the LEO Foundation. The company is developing a number of new products, in its quest to help people achieve healthy skin. To learn more about LEO Pharma Inc., visit www.leo-pharma.us.

About LLumar window films
LLumar® window films have earned The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation, a symbol of safe and effective sun protection. LLumar window film adds a protective layer to glass, offering high-quality sun protection. The film blocks up to 99 percent of harmful ultraviolet rays while reducing interior cabin temperatures up to 30 degrees. Professionally installed through a global dealer network, LLumar window films greatly enhance the look, functionality, comfort, and energy efficiency of glass. LLumar window film products are manufactured in the USA by Solutia Inc., a subsidiary of Eastman Chemical (NYSE: EMN), the world’s largest manufacturer of automotive and architectural window films. For more information about the LLumar window films, visit www.llumar.com/skinprotection. ‘Like’ LLumar on Facebook to receive skin protection tips: www.facebook.com/llumarwindowfilm.

About BASF Care Chemicals
BASF’s Care Chemicals division offers a broad portfolio of products for hygiene, personal care, home care, industrial & institutional cleaning as well as technical applications. Care Chemicals is the leading supplier to the cosmetics industry as well as to the detergents and cleaners industry. We are committed to support our customers with innovative and sustainable solutions. The high quality product portfolio of the division mainly comprises surfactants and emulsifiers, polymers, emollients, chelating agents, actives, pigments and UV filters. The offering is completed by super absorbents, developed for the requirements in all fields of hygiene applications. Care Chemicals operates production and development sites as well as sales offices in all regions. BASF Care Chemicals Division received the 2010 The Skin Cancer Foundation Skin Sense Award for innovation in sun protection. BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 16,900 employees in North America, and had sales of $18.7 billion in 2012. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit www.basf.us.