Moffitt Cancer Center's Sun Safety Tour Screens Nearly 700 People

April 25, 2008

Offers free skin screenings, education and awareness

Tampa, FL– The Tampa Bay Rays and Moffitt Cancer Center recently wrapped-up Spring Swing-Moffitt’s Sun Safety Tour, a program in search of the early signs of skin cancer, promoting sun safety and skin cancer awareness during its nine-stop tour of spring training venues throughout Florida during the month of March. 

The program screened 695 people during its tour, while reaching approximately 60,000 more with the message of sun safety at the various spring training venues on game day. 

“We are very pleased that this partnership with Moffitt was so successful in educating our community on the dangers of overexposure to the sun,” said Rays Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg. “As Tampa Bay's major league baseball team, we embrace our responsibility to support and promote important programs such as this."

Approximately 15 percent of the 695 people screened during the tour were found to have a suspected skin cancer lesion or mole, and more than 38 percent of those screened were found to have a suspected pre-cancerous lesion or mole. 

“Wherever we’ve gone in Florida, we’ve seen a high percentage of people with severe and permanent sun damage, and quite a few with pre-cancerous or cancerous skin lesions,” said Dr. Vernon Sondak, chief of the division of Cutaneous Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center.  “It’s important that people are aware of the risk, take appropriate sun precautions, and get your skin checked periodically and anytime there is a concern.”

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About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center ( is the only Florida-based cancer center with the NCI designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center for its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. 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 U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer, as well as for ear, nose and throat. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.