Mole Patrol® skin cancer screening program
The Mole Patrol® skin cancer screening program travels to venues around Florida to offer free skin cancer screenings and cancer education to the public. In its 20 years of operation, the Mole Patrol® has screened more than 15,000 Floridians, identifying hundreds of suspicious skin lesions that have resulted in the diagnosis of melanoma, basal and squamous cell cancers.
The Mole Patrol® is comprised of medical doctors and midlevel practitioners who specialize in skin cancer and/or dermatology, as well as registered nurses and support staff. Most physicians, midlevels and nurses are based at Moffitt, while others come from the USF Department of Dermatology as well as from affiliate institutions and practices in the community. Screenings are provided free of charge to the public and are conducted in an area that allows for some measure of privacy when needed (two exam rooms are available on the screening bus and portable privacy screens are often used). If suspicious lesions are found, patients leave the screening area with follow-up recommendations that should be taken to their primary physician or dermatologist. In addition, participants receive educational information about skin cancer prevention and early detection and often receive free sunscreen samples and other related giveaways.