18,000 Skin Cancer Screenings Provided Since Tour Began in 2008
New York, NY (October 9, 2013) – The Skin Cancer Foundation’s annual Road to Healthy Skin Tour, presented by Rite Aid, has wrapped up its sixth cross-country journey, bringing free skin cancer screenings and prevention information to communities across America. During this year’s Tour, volunteer dermatologists detected 788 suspected precancers and cancers, including 29 suspected melanomas. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, and since 2008, the Foundation’s volunteer dermatologists have potentially saved 300 lives – as this is the number of suspected melanomas that have been detected since the Tour began six years ago. By detecting suspected skin cancers, often in early stages, the Tour and its volunteer dermatologists serve an important role in communities.
The five year survival rate for patients whose melanoma is detected early is about 98 percent. The survival rate declines significantly if the disease has the chance to spread.
A Look Inside the 2013 Road to Healthy Skin Tour
Over a 4 month period, the 2013 Tour made 53 stops throughout 13 states, spanning approximately 14,000 miles. Seventy dermatologists lent their time to perform screenings in the Tour’s customized 38-foot RV, equipped with 2 private exam rooms.
“The alarming number of suspected cancers found over the last six years of the Tour is a true testament to the need of this program,” says Perry Robins, MD, President of The Skin Cancer Foundation. “Since the Tour’s inception in 2008, our volunteer dermatologists have provided free screenings to thousands of people nationwide. The Road to Healthy Skin Tour is truly a lifesaving endeavor.”
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that everyone over the age of 18 see a dermatologist annually for a full-body skin-exam. The Foundation also recommends that everyone examine their skin from head-to-toe at least once a month, looking for any new or changing lesions that might be cancerous or precancerous. A yearly skin exam performed by a physician is important, but it’s just as important to see the doctor whenever a mole changes or grows.
The Skin Cancer Foundation’s 2013 Road to Healthy Skin Tour, presented by Rite Aid, received additional support from BASF Corporation, Energizer Personal Care – the makers of Banana Boat® and Hawaiian Tropic® brand sunscreens – Leo Pharma Inc. and LLumar Window Films®.
Editor’s Note: Hi-res photos from The Road to Healthy Skin Tour are available upon request.
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. Since its inception in 1979, the Foundation has recommended following a complete sun protection regimen that includes seeking shade and covering up with clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses, in addition to daily sunscreen use. For more information, visit SkinCancer.org.
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 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.
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 film adds a protective layer to glass, offering high-quality sun protection that has earned The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation. LLumar window film blocks more than 99 percent of harmful ultraviolet rays that are a known cause of premature aging and skin cancer. Professionally installed through a global dealer network, LLumar window films greatly enhance the look, functionality, comfort, and energy efficiency of glass. LLumar window films are manufactured in the USA by 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.