Road to Healthy Skin Tour Concludes Seventh Cross-Country Journey

Tour Reaches Milestone, Providing More Than
20,000 Free Skin Cancer Screenings Since 2008

New York, NY (September 17, 2014) – The Skin Cancer Foundation’s annual Road to Healthy Skin Tour, presented by Rite Aid, recently wrapped up its seventh cross-country journey. The Tour provides free skin cancer screenings and prevention information to communities nationwide. During this year’s Tour, volunteer dermatologists detected 855 suspected precancers and cancers, including 45 suspected melanomas.

The Tour strives to save lives by detecting skin cancers early and educating the public about skin cancer prevention by means of sun protection and the need for prompt, effective treatment. Since the Tour’s inception in 2008, volunteer dermatologists have detected more than 8,500 suspected cancers and precancers, including 369 suspected melanomas. Since skin cancer is almost always curable when detected early, the Tour and its volunteer dermatologists play a crucial role in communities across the country. The five-year survival rate for patients whose melanoma is detected early is 98 percent. The survival rate declines significantly if the disease has the chance to spread.

By the Numbers: The 2014 Road to Healthy Skin Tour

Over a 4 month period, the 2014 Tour made nearly 50 stops throughout 17 states, traveling approximately 14,700 miles. This year 73 dermatologists lent their time to perform screenings in the Tour’s 38-foot RV, customized with 2 private exam rooms.

“The Road to Healthy Skin Tour continues to play a crucial role in early detection,” said Perry Robins, MD, President of The Skin Cancer Foundation. “Over the past seven years our volunteer dermatologists have provided more than 20,000 free skin cancer screenings across the country, and we’re eager to offer even more of these potentially lifesaving screenings next year.”

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that everyone over the age of 18 see a physician every year for a full-body skin-exam. It’s just as crucial to see the doctor whenever a mole changes or grows. The Foundation also recommends that everyone practice a monthly head-to-toe examination of their skin, looking for any new or changing lesions that might be cancerous or precancerous. 

The Skin Cancer Foundation’s 2014 Road to Healthy Skin Tour, presented by Rite Aid, received additional support from Energizer Personal Care – the makers of Banana Boat® and Hawaiian Tropic® brand sunscreens – and BASF Corporation – a leading supplier of UV filters and cosmetic ingredients.

 

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Editor’s Note: Hi-res photos from The Road to Healthy Skin Tour are available upon request.

Contact:

Emily Prager (212-725-5176; eprager@skincancer.org)

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

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation's leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2014 annual revenues of $25.5 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, 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.

About BASF Care Chemicals

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has nearly 17,000 employees in North America, and had sales of $19.3 billion in 2013. 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. The high quality product portfolio of the division mainly comprises surfactants and emulsifiers, polymers, emollients, chelating agents, actives, pigments and UV filters. 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.