Moffitt Cancer Center Hosts Free Skin Cancer Screenings and Breakfast Program

March 16, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. – Moffitt Cancer Center will offer the eighth event in its series of free cancer education programs called “De Moffitt a Puerto Rico: Charlas sobre cáncer” April 11 at 9:30 a.m.  The program, presented in Spanish, will focus on the latest advances in early detection and treatments for skin cancer. Free skin cancer screenings will be offered to those who attend.  The event will be held at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, 1309 Ashford Ave., San Juan, Puerto Rico.

According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States with more than 3.5 million new cases expected this year.  Approximately 1 in 5 people will be diagnosed with some form of skin cancer throughout the course of their lifetime.

At this free event, guests will have the opportunity to ask questions and talk one-on-one with two top experts in the field of skin cancer research and treatment from Moffitt, the only Florida-based National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Surgical oncologists, Ricardo J. Gonzalez, M.D., assistant chief of surgery and chair of Moffitt’s Sarcoma Department, and Jonathan S. Zager, M.D., director of Regional Therapies and chair of Graduate Medical Education at Moffitt, will share an update on skin cancer screening and treatment, information on new advances in research and answer questions from the audience.

Free skin cancer screenings will be available for registered guests from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. prior to the educational program and again from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  

The program is being hosted by the Puerto Rico Advisory Council for Moffitt Cancer Center.  Breakfast will be provided.  Parking and door prizes are included.  To register, visit or call 1-800-456-3434, Ext. 8550. For additional information, email

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the top-ranked cancer hospital in the Southeast and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. With more than 4,500 employees, Moffitt has an economic impact in Florida of nearly $1.6 billion. For more information, visit, and follow the Moffitt momentum on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.