Rite Aid Kicks Off Skin Cancer Awareness Month as Presenting Sponsor of The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Road To Healthy Skin Tour
Tour to Visit 50 Rite Aid Pharmacies Nationwide, Bringing Free Skin Cancer Screenings to Thousands
CAMP HILL, Pa. (May 6, 2013) - Just in time for Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD) is offering free full-body skin cancer screenings to thousands as the presenting sponsor of The Skin Cancer Foundation's annual Road to Healthy Skin Tour. Now in its sixth year, the Tour brings local dermatologists out into the community to provide potentially life-saving skin cancer screenings.
Beginning May 14 and running through August, the Tour's customized 38-foot recreational vehicle will wind its way across the country enlisting volunteer dermatologists to provide full-body screenings from the comfort of one of the RV's two private exam rooms. The Tour also aims to raise skin cancer awareness and educate about the importance of prevention and early detection.
"Skin cancers found and removed early are almost always curable. That's why The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that everyone visit a dermatologist annually for a professional skin exam in addition to practicing monthly self-exams," said Perry Robins, MD, President, The Skin Cancer Foundation. "Rite Aid was a founding partner of the Road to Healthy Skin Tour and we appreciate their continued support of the program."
Since 2008, the Road to Healthy Skin Tour has detected nearly 7,000 suspected cancers and precancers, including nearly 300 cases of melanoma. Over its six years, the Tour has traveled more than 100,000 miles crisscrossing the United States on its mission to promote easy access to 10-minute screenings that can literally save lives.
"Rite Aid is proud to have sponsored the Road to Healthy Skin Tour every year since its inaugural journey," said Rite Aid Executive Vice President of Pharmacy Robert I. Thompson, RPh. "By bringing free screenings like these into the communities we serve, Rite Aid is affirming its commitment to supporting customers' long-term health goals and continuing its transformation into a network of neighborhood health and wellness destinations."
Because the Tour is both free and open to all, visitors are advised to arrive early to reserve a screening available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors will also receive educational materials explaining how to perform monthly skin checks at home, how to protect the skin against sun on a daily basis, along with sunscreen samples and other giveaways. Visit SkinCancer.org/Tour to view an interactive map of the Tour, which is visiting states including:
- New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania - May
- Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina - June
- North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee - July
- Colorado, California - August
Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation's leading drugstore chains with more than 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2013 annual revenues of $25.4 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company's website at www.riteaid.com.
The Skin Cancer Foundation is the only global organization solely devoted to the prevention, early detection and treatment of skin cancer. The mission of the Foundation is to decrease the incidence of skin cancer through public and professional education and research. Since its inception in 1979, the Foundation has recommended following a complete sun protection regimen that includes seeking shade, covering up with clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses, in addition to daily sunscreen use. For more information, visit SkinCancer.org.
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