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Free Skin Cancer Screening Tour Stops in Phoenix

Since I probably scared you last week with the tanning-bed cancer statistics, I thought you’d be interested in a free skin cancer screening tour coming to Phoenix September 17, 18 and 20. The screening will only take five minutes out of your day and could save your life!

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For the second year in a row, the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Road to Healthy Skin Tour presented by Aveeno and Rite Aid will be stopping by Phoenix in the Tour’s 38-foot customized RV to offer free full body skin cancer screenings to the public. Local board-certified dermatologists are donating their time to offer the free screenings and will also be available for media interviews upon request.

According to the EPA (www.epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex.html), the UV Index in the Phoenix area is at number 10, which means it has reached an extreme classification. With UV levels that high and with the news that the rate of new melanoma cases in young women has jumped 50 percent since 1980, its more important than ever that the people in the Phoenix area take precautions to protect themselves from the harmful UV rays, including the use of sun protection on a daily basis, and visiting their dermatologists annually to get a skin cancer screening. It is crucial for everyone, no matter their skin color, to practice sun safety.

When & Where:

Thursday, Sept. 17
10 to 1 p.m.
Arizona Center
400 E. Van Buren St.
Phoenix, AZ

Friday, Sept. 18
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sport Chalet
The Scottsdale Shops
8690 E. Raintree Drive
Scottsdale, AZ

Sunday, Sept. 20
11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sports Chalet
2650 E. Germann Rd.
Chandler, AZ

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with more than 1 million cases diagnosed annually across the country. Skin cancer is also the most preventable and curable form of cancer if it is detected early. This tour will visit more than 80 cities at 100 different locations across the country to educate people about the importance of an annual skin check with their doctor, and get the message out that it is crucial for everyone, no matter their skin color, to practice sun safety. More than 10,000 people are expected to be screened during the entire tour.

During last year’s tour, the Skin Cancer Foundation found over 3,200 suspected skin cancers and over 39 suspected cases of melanoma.

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