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Fox Chase Cancer Center Doctors to Offer Free Skin Cancer Screenings at 2016 Miles for Melanoma Philadelphia

September 26, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (September 26, 2016) – Fox Chase Cancer Center doctors will provide free rapid skin cancer screening in the Mobile Screening Unit at the 2016 Miles for Melanoma Philadelphia on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. 

The screenings will be available from 7 am until 9 am. Individuals seeking a full-body exam will be seen in the Mobile Screening Unit to ensure privacy; all other spot check examinations will be conducted in the Fox Chase tent. The unit, supported by the Flyers Wives Charities, enables Fox Chase to reach communities throughout the Greater Philadelphia region, according to Evelyn González, senior director of community outreach for Fox Chase.

Faculty and staff, volunteers, patients, survivors, and their families will come together as members of the Fox Chase Cancer Center team at the 2016 Miles for Melanoma Philadelphia. This family-friendly 5K run/walk, which will take place at the Philadelphia Zoo, helps raise funds to support research, education, and advocacy for melanoma through the Melanoma Research Foundation. The 5K run/walk starts at 8 am. Participants who join the Fox Chase team will receive a free T-shirt.

“Fox Chase is excited to participate again in Miles for Melanoma Philadelphia to support the Melanoma Research Foundation’s efforts to find effective treatments and eventually a cure for melanoma,” said Jeffrey M. Farma, MD, associate professor of surgical oncology and codirector of the Melanoma Program at Fox Chase. “We at Fox Chase are so proud to join with others to take part in this significant effort.”

“We are pleased that Fox Chase is again supporting the Melanoma Research Foundation’s efforts to raise funds for additional research for new and better treatment options,” said Tim Turnham, executive director of the Melanoma Research Foundation. “Melanoma is the most common form of skin cancer, and education is important to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of melanoma.”

For more information about the Miles for Melanoma Philadelphia, to register to join the Fox Chase team on race day, or to make a donation, visit /events/miles-melanoma-2016.

       

The Hospital of Fox Chase Cancer Center and its affiliates (collectively “Fox Chase Cancer Center”), a member of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship and community outreach. 
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