Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, with nearly 5.5 million Americans diagnosed each year. One person in five will develop skin cancer at some point in their life, and early detection can save lives. Twenty years ago, Moffitt Cancer Center created the Mole Patrol®, a free, mobile skin cancer screening program made up of physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners who specialize in skin cancer and/or dermatology. Since 1996, the Mole Patrol® has screened more than 15,000 people and recommended thousands receive follow-up evaluation by a dermatologist.
The Mole Patrol® invites the Tampa Bay community to celebrate its 20th anniversary by attending a free skin cancer screening clinic at the Pier 60 Pavilion on Clearwater Beach. In addition to a free checkup, attendees will also receive sun safety educational material and sunscreen samples.
WHO: Moffitt’s Mole Patrol®
WHAT: 20th anniversary Skin Cancer Screening Celebration
WHERE: Pier 60 Pavilion on Clearwater Beach, 10 Pier 60, Clearwater, FL 33767
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 6, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
VISUALS: Mole Patrol performing skin cancer screenings, people applying sunscreen, the bucket brigade (volunteers handing out sunscreen to beachgoers)
- Mole Patrol® screeners who can talk about sun safety, skin cancer, prevention, etc.
- Jeff Pearson, a melanoma survivor who discovered the cancer during a Mole Patrol® skin cancer screening event at a Rays spring training game. He will be on site 9–11 a.m.
About Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 47 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the No. 6 cancer hospital in the nation and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2.5 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 5,200 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.1 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.