More Than 21,000 Skin Cancer Screenings Have
Been Conducted Since the Program Began in 2008
New York, NY (September 22, 2015) – The Skin Cancer Foundation’s annual Road to Healthy Skin Tour, presented by Rite Aid, recently concluded its eighth year, offering free full-body skin cancer screenings to communities. During this year’s Tour, volunteer dermatologists detected nearly 550 suspected precancers and cancers. By identifying these potential skin cancers, often in early stages, the Tour and its volunteer dermatologists serve an important role in communities.
Over a 10-week period, the 2015 Tour made more than 35 stops at Rite Aid locations in the Mid-Atlantic region. Forty dermatologists donated their time to perform the full-body skin cancer screenings, which took place inside the Tour’s 38-foot RV, equipped with two private exam rooms. In total, more than 900 people received free skin cancer screenings.
“The Road to Healthy Skin Tour continues to play a vital role in early detection,” said Perry Robins, MD, President of The Skin Cancer Foundation. “Over the past eight years our volunteer dermatologists have provided thousands of free skin cancer screenings, touching so many communities. The Tour is truly a lifesaving program.”
Since the Tour’s inception in 2008, more than 21,000 people have received free skin cancer screenings. To date, more than 9,000 suspected precancers and cancers have been detected, including 380 suspected melanomas, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that everyone over the age of 18 see a physician annually for a full-body skin-exam. It’s just as crucial to see a 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 2015 Road to Healthy Skin Tour, presented by Rite Aid, received additional support from Novartis Pharmaceuticals.
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Editor’s Note: Hi-res photos from The Road to Healthy Skin Tour are available upon request.
Emily Prager (212-725-5176; email@example.com)
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 nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company's website at www.riteaid.com.