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Rite Aid, Skin Cancer Group Launch Sun Safety Campaign

Magazine article Drug Topics

Rite Aid, Skin Cancer Group Launch Sun Safety Campaign

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Rite Aid Corporation and the Skin Cancer Foundation have launched a new healthy skin-care campaign offering free informatbn online and in all Rite Aid stores to consumers, and increased professional information to the chains pharmacists.

"Our pharmacists regularly get questions about skin care and sun safety;' said Sarah Matunis, Rite Aid pharmacist and corporate clinical coordinator. "We're giving them additional resources to help deal with those questions as well as more resources for our patients. We want to help our patients enjoy the summer!'

Enjoying the summer includes not adding to the risk of sun damage, which runs the gamut from premature wrinkles and aging of the skin to potentially fatal skin cancers. About 65% of melanomas and 95% of nonmelanoma skin cancers can be traced to ultraviolet light exposure from the sun, Matunis said.

The Rite Aid-Skin Cancer Foundation partnership was announced just days before FDA released new rules on labeling, taking effect in 2012 for sunscreen lotions and other products.

One thing that won't change is the amount of sunscreen needed. It takes about 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) to completely cover the skin, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. …

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