Rite Aid Stores Hosts RV Tour From the Skin Cancer Foundation Coming To A Store Near You For a Free Skin Cancer Screen
Posted Mar 22 2012 6:15pm
This is pretty cool as a big RV comes around and had 2 private exam rooms so each person has privacy while being screened. All locations in each state have not been posted yet but it looks like Florida is right at the top of the tour.
The tour is accredited with finding over 5,000 cases of pre-cancer and 239 cases of melanoma as well. There’s also a page where dermatologists can sign up to volunteer. Most states have laws to where MDs can’t cross state lines to assist so they need local doctors to make it work. BD
CAMP HILL, PA (March 22, 2012) – Thousands of Americans can receive free full-body skin cancer screenings this spring and summer thanks to The Skin Cancer Foundation's annual Road to Healthy Skin Tour presented by AVEENO® and Rite Aid. Starting this week, the Tour’s 38-foot customized RV is stopping at more than 50 Rite Aid stores as it zig-zags across the country.
The Tour draws on the expertise of local dermatologists who volunteer to perform free, full-body skin cancer screenings, which The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends receiving annually. In its fifth year, the Tour is reaching out to new communities and adding new stops in Georgia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, upstate New York and Ohio. Many of the Tour stops are at Rite Aid Wellness Stores, which are Rite Aid's latest store prototype and feature expanded pharmacy services, an enhanced selection of wellness products, and regular health events and screenings such as these.
“We're proud to have sponsored the Road to Healthy Skin Tour every year since its inaugural journey," said Robert Thompson, Rite Aid executive vice president, pharmacy. "These screenings are a great example of the kind of proactive health and wellness resources that Rite Aid is committed to providing. Rite Aid pharmacists can help customers select the right sunscreen and counsel on possible medication interactions, such as the increased sun sensitivity that accompanies many common prescriptions."
The four past Tours have caught nearly 5,300 potential skin cancers and pre-cancers including more than 200 suspected cases of potentially deadly melanoma. Visitors are screened in one of two private exam rooms on the RV on a first-come, first-served basis. They also can sample sun protection products and learn about skin cancer prevention and early detection.
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. For more information, visit www.SkinCancer.org .
Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with approximately 4,700 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2011 annual revenues of $25.2 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com .