Rite Aid, Skin Cancer Foundation kick off Road to Healthy Skin Tour


CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is sponsoring skin cancer screenings at dozens of stores across the country as part of a tour that begins this month and ends in August, the retail pharmacy chain said Thursday.

Rite Aid said the Skin Cancer Foundation would travel across the country in a 38-ft. RV to more than 50 Rite Aid locations as part of the Road to Healthy Skin Tour, which Aveeno also is co-sponsoring, starting this week.

The tour will bring in local dermatologists who volunteer to perform free, full-body skin cancer screenings. The tour will include stops in South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and California. Many of the stops will be at the chain's Wellness-format stores, the company said.

"We're proud to have sponsored the Road to Healthy Skin Tour every year since its inaugural journey," Rite Aid EVP pharmacy Robert Thompson said. "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."

Now in its fifth year, the tour has caught nearly 5,300 potential skin cancers and precancers, including more than 200 suspected cases of melanoma, Rite Aid said.

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