Most beachgoers expect to see sun, sand and surf when they visit the Pier 60 Pavilion on Clearwater Beach. Mole Patrol® is a team of skin cancer specialists from Moffitt Cancer Center who provide free skin cancer screenings annually on the beach.
The beach is a logical place to educate the public about melanoma because Floridians are more prone to skin cancers, and sun exposure can be a catalyst.
Education is offered to those who visit the exhibit/screening bus. Information and educational brochures are available regarding changing moles or lesions and monthly skin self-examinations. Free sunscreen samples are often available.
About Mole Patrol®
The Mole Patrol® skin cancer screening program travels to venues around Florida to offer free skin cancer screenings and cancer education to the public. Since 1995, the Mole Patrol® has screened thousands of Floridians, identifying hundreds of suspicious skin lesions that have resulted in the diagnosis of melanoma, basal and squamous cell cancers.
The Mole Patrol® frequently works in tandem with Moffitt Cancer Center's affiliate institutions to provide oncologists and dermatologists who specialize in skin cancer.
The Mole Patrol® is comprised of medical doctors and midlevel practitioners who specialize in skin cancer and/or dermatology, as well as registered nurses and support staff. Some of these health care professionals are based at Moffitt Cancer Center, while others come from its affiliate institutions and practices in the community. Screenings are provided free of charge to the public and are conducted in an area that allows for some measure of privacy when needed (two rooms are available on the screening bus and portable privacy screens are often used). If suspicious lesions are found, patients leave the screening area with follow-up recommendations that can be taken to their primary physician, the participating affiliate institution or Moffitt Cancer Center. In addition, participants receive educational information about skin cancer prevention and early detection and often receive free sunscreen samples and other related giveaways.