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05/05/2003  4:35 PM ET 
Marlins to strike out skin cancer
Miami to Help Launch National Skin Cancer Awareness Program

WHAT: The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) and the Florida Marlins are teaming up to help strike out skin cancer on Wednesday, May 7th. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. The month of May has been designated by the AAD as National Skin Cancer Detection & Prevention Month in order to raise awareness about skin cancer and melanoma and to encourage Americans to begin a lifelong habit of regular skin self-examinations. Following a press briefing with Marlins' manager Jeff Torborg and AAD member Barry Resnik, M.D., Marlins players will participate in a skin cancer screening to help demonstrate the importance of skin cancer prevention and detection.

The team screening is part of the fifth annual Play Smart When It Comes To The Sun public education campaign involving the AAD, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. Players, coaches, front office staff and families will participate in the screening. The Florida Marlins also will offer a free screening for all fans in attendance on Friday, May 9th. The fan screenings will take place on the Club Level near Section 242 of Pro Player Stadium. Screenings will begin at 6:00 pm and run through the 7th inning.

WHO: Jeff Torborg, Florida Marlins manager, will be available to discuss his personal experience with skin cancer.

Barry Resnik, M.D., AAD member, can discuss the warning signs of skin cancer, how to perform regular skin self-examinations and how to practice sun safe behavior to lower your chances of developing skin cancer.

WHEN: Skin Cancer Detection/Prevention Press Briefing
Briefing at 2:45 p.m.
Marlins' skin cancer screening from 3:00 - 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Pro Player Stadium
Gate H
Dolphins Locker Room

WHY: Skin cancer affects 1 in 5 Americans, and more than 1 million new cases are diagnosed each year. Of these cases, more than 91,900 are melanoma, a cancer that claims 7,600 lives each year. Skin cancer is a threat particularly for professional baseball players and their fans because of the many hours spent in the midday sun, a major risk factor for developing the disease.

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