Baptist Health Care, Moffitt Cancer Center and AAA Auto Club South Offer Free Skin Cancer Screenings at Blue Angels Weekend

June 15, 2009

PENSACOLA, Fla.– More than 1 million cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed this year, but you don't have to be one of them.

Baptist Health Care is teaming up with Moffitt Cancer Center and AAA Auto Club South during Blue Angels weekend, July 10 and 11, to offer Mole Patrol®,a free skin cancer screening event.

The Mole Patrol® tent will be located by Casino Beach’s Public Safety Building from 8 a.m. to noon. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss sun-exposed areas of concern with on-site oncologists from Mofitt, Baptist Health Care’s affiliate based in Tampa, Fla., and dermatologists from Baptist Health Care. The team will be looking for the two major types of skin cancer: melanoma and non-melanoma -- both related to sun exposure.

Screening slots are limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants will be provided with local resources on how to proceed if additional follow-up is needed.

Mole Patrol® celebrates its fourth year of prevention and education during the Blue Angels Weekend. Last year’s team conducted more than 500 screenings. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, but with prevention and education you can save your body’s largest organ from a lifetime of damage.

Moffitt’s Mole Patrol® program travels to venues throughout Florida offering free skin cancer screenings and cancer education to the public. In its 12th year of operation, 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.

Baptist Health Care’s affiliation with the Moffitt Cancer Center provides oncology patients in northwest Florida and southern Alabama greater access to world-class cancer prevention, new treatment options and the specialized expertise of a research institute.

For more information call Baptist Health Care at (850) 434-4080 or visit

Baptist Health Care is a community-owned, not-for-profit health care organization committed to improving the quality of life for people and communities in Northwest Florida and South Alabama. Nationally recognized for performance excellence and quality achievement, Baptist has consistently ranked in the 99th percentile for patient satisfaction as recognized by Press Ganey. Baptist Health Care includes four hospitals, two medical parks, Baptist Manor, Baptist Home Health Care and Durable Medical Equipment, Baptist Leadership Institute, Andrews Institute for Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine and Lakeview Center. With more than 5,500 employees, Baptist Health Care is the largest non-governmental employer in northwest Florida. For more information, please visit

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center  is an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center - a designation that recognizes Moffitt’s 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. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.