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Seahawks Take a Stand Against Melanoma

Posted Aug 26, 2013

Complimentary skin cancer screenings available to fans before Thursday's game

RENTON, Wash. - The Seahawks announced today, in partnership with Melanoma Exposed™ and Virginia Mason Medical Center, free skin cancer screenings will be available to fans prior to Thursday's game versus the Raiders in Touchdown City, located in the CenturyLink Field Event Center.

"My team and I are proud to be a part of a program that educates our fans about melanoma risk factors and sun protection," said Seahawks C Max Unger. "Growing up in Hawaii, I was always outside in the sun and learned from a young age about melanoma and the importance of sun safety. I've had a family member affected by skin cancer, and understand how critical it is to get screened regularly. "

A team of licensed dermatologists from Virginia Mason Medical Center will be conducting free skin cancer screenings. All fans that get screened will be eligible to win autographed Max Unger memorabilia, courtesy of the Seahawks.

"Seattle residents don't always think about the potentially harmful effects of the sun on the skin," said Edwin Rhim, MD, a dermatologist at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. "It is important that we educate the community about protecting themselves from the sun's UV rays, even on a typical cloudy Seattle day. I encourage people to not only take simple precautions, such as wearing sunscreen or a hat, but also get screened for skin cancer regularly."

WHAT: Complimentary skin cancer screenings

WHEN: Thursday, August 29
4-7 p.m.

WHERE: Touchdown City, located in the Centurylink Field Event Center

For more information about Melanoma Exposed and to learn more about melanoma risk factors, visit www.MelanomaExposed.com. Visitors can share what they have learned with family and friends by using the interactive tools on the website, and test their melanoma knowledge (and football skills) by playing Goalpost Avenue, an online educational game, also available as a free app for tablets.

About the Melanoma Exposed Campaign
Melanoma Exposed is a public awareness campaign designed to educate Americans about melanoma and its risk factors and encourage them to take a more active role in their skin health, which may include receiving routine skin cancer screenings by a dermatologist and performing regular skin self-exams. The Melanoma Exposed campaign is a partnership with the Melanoma International Foundation, Melanoma Research Alliance, Melanoma Research Foundation, and The Skin Cancer Foundation, and is sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb. For more information about the campaign, visit www.MelanomaExposed.com.