Tampa, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Rays and Moffitt Cancer Center kick off the fourth annual Spring Swing-Moffitt’s Sun Safety Tour on February 26, 2011 at the 1:05 p.m. game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Rays at Charlotte Sports Park in Charlotte County.
This Rays and Moffitt Cancer Center have partnered to offer free skin cancer screenings at five spring training games in February and March. The program will search for the early signs of skin cancer and promote sun safety and skin cancer awareness during its stops.
During the 2010 spring training season, Spring Swing screened 484 people, identifying 68 suspected cancerous lesions, including five suspected melanomas.
“We are honored to partner with the Moffitt Cancer Center and to provide an important health check for baseball fans throughout the state,” said Rays Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg.
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Florida is ranked second in the nation with the most estimated new cases of Melanoma in 2010, according to the American Cancer Society’s “Cancer Facts & Figures 2010”.
“Melanoma affects people of all ages, races and backgrounds,” said Dr. Vernon Sondak, chair of the Department of Cutaneous Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center. “It is imperative that we spread the word about the risk and encourage people to take necessary sun precautions daily and get their skin checked on a regular basis.”
The screenings are open to the general public and will begin approximately two hours before the start of the game. For a full schedule of the Spring Swing tour and more information on the program, please visit: http://www.insidemoffitt.com/Spring-Swing
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 14 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia, one in Pennsylvania 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 marks a very important anniversary this year – 25 years committed to one mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.
About the Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays have proudly represented Major League Baseball in the Tampa Bay region since 1998. The organization and its foundation are committed to building a strong community bond through meaningful interaction and charitable contributions.