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

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.

Fox Chase Cancer Center (Fox Chase), which includes the Institute for Cancer Research and the American Oncologic Hospital and is a part of Temple Health, is one of the leading comprehensive cancer 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 is also one of just 10 members of the Alliance of Dedicated Cancer Centers. 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 six 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. It is the policy of Fox Chase Cancer Center that there shall be no exclusion from, or participation in, and no one denied the benefits of, the delivery of quality medical care on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, disability, age, ancestry, color, national origin, physical ability, level of education, or source of payment.

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