Rite Aid Stores Host Tour Bringing Free Skin Cancer Screenings to Thousands; The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Road to Healthy Skin Tour Enlists Local Dermatologists for Private Screenings; Tour Stopping at 50-Plus Stores Highlights Rite Aid’s Commitment to Community Health & Wellness
CAMP HILL, Pa.- 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 precancers 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.