Published on November 21, 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.
Over a four-month period, the 2013 Tour traveled 14,000 miles and held 53 events in 13 states. Seventy dermatologists donated their time to perform exams in the Tour’s customized 38-foot RV, equipped with two private exam rooms.
During this year’s Tour, volunteer dermatologists detected 788 suspected precancers and cancers, including 29 suspected melanomas. Since 2008, the Foundation’s volunteer dermatologists have potentially saved 324 lives; 324 melanomas have been detected since the Tour began. By finding suspected skin cancers, often in early stages, the Tour and its volunteer dermatologists have made a vital contribution to communities across the country.