August 11, 2006

TAMPA, Fla. – Have a suspicious mole you want checked out?

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute and Morton Plant Hospital will have a team of skin-cancer specialists providing free cancer screenings to interested beach-goers Aug. 12. The Mole Patrol® takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pier 60 Pavilion on Clearwater Beach.

Doctors providing the screening include Moffitt’s Vernon Sondak, Jonathon Zagar, Jane Messina and Frank Glass from the University of South Florida. Additional doctors from Morton Plant will participate in the screenings also.

Directions: Take Highway 60 west toward the beach. When you reach the roundabout, you will see the Pavilion on the right, parking is south of the Pavilion.

In 2001, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute earned NCI Comprehensive

Cancer Center status in recognition of its excellence in research and contributions to

clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country's leading cancer centers, and is listed in the U.S. News & World Report as one of the top cancer hospitals in America. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.