3rd Annual Spring Swing-Moffitt’s Sun Safety Tour® Kicks Off March 5

February 16, 2010

WHO:            Tampa Bay Rays & Moffitt Cancer Center

WHAT:           Spring Swing-Moffitt’s Sun Safety Tour® is a partnership with Moffitt Cancer Center and the Tampa Bay Rays offering free skin cancer screenings at specified baseball Spring Training venues in March and April. The tour kicks off March 5. Screeners will be looking for early signs of skin cancer while promoting sun safety, skin cancer awareness and education.  

During the previous two Spring Training seasons, Spring Swing screened nearly 1,400 people, identifying 783 suspected cancerous lesions or suspected pre-cancerous lesions. Year-over-year, the program found a 10 percent increase in suspected skin cancers.

WHEN/WHERE:       Screenings will begin approximately two hours before game time.

Friday, March 5, Tampa, Steinbrenner Field                                      Rays vs. Yankees      1:05 p.m.

Saturday, March 13, Port St. Lucie, Tradition Field                            Tigers vs. Mets           1:10 p.m.

Sunday, March 21, Fort Myers, Hammond Stadium                         Rays vs. Twins                    1:05 p.m.

Sunday, March 28, Viera, Space Coast Stadium                                             Braves vs. Nationals  1:05 p.m.

Friday, April 2, St. Petersburg, Tropicana Field                                              Mets vs. Rays             6:10 p.m.

For more information, visit www.insidemoffitt.com/SpringSwing.

About Moffitt Cancer Center 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.
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