This week Rite Aid Corp. began hosting free full-body skin cancer screenings through The Skin Cancer Foundation's annual Road to Healthy Skin Tour.


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Rite Aid to host skin cancer screenings

March 22nd, 2012

CAMP HILL, Pa. – This week Rite Aid Corp. began hosting free full-body skin cancer screenings through The Skin Cancer Foundation's annual Road to Healthy Skin Tour.

The drug chain said Thursday that the tour's 38-foot custom RV will stop at more than 50 Rite Aid stores to provide the skin cancer checks as it traverses the country this spring and summer.

Presented by Rite Aid and Aveeno, the tour enlists local dermatologists who volunteer to perform full-body skin cancer screenings, which The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends receiving annually. Visitors are screened in 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.

In its fifth year, the tour is adding new stops in Georgia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, upstate New York and Ohio, according to Rite Aid. The chain drug retailer noted that many of the tour stops are at Rite Aid wellness stores, a new drug store format that features expanded pharmacy services, an enhanced selection of wellness products, and regular health events and screenings.

The past four tours detetced about 5,300 potential skin cancers and precancers, including more than 200 suspected cases of potentially deadly melanoma, according to Rite Aid.

"We're proud to have sponsored the Road to Healthy Skin Tour every year since its inaugural journey," Robert Thompson, executive vice president of pharmacy at Rite Aid, said in a statement. "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 Road to Healthy Skin Tour is scheduled to make stops at Rite Aid stores and other locations in South Carolina in March; Georgia, Virginia and Pennsylvania in April; Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Ohio in May; Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee in June; Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Washington and Oregon in July; and Oregon and California in August.

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