Falcons Offer Skin Cancer Screenings at Camp

Crews ready the team headquarters in Flowery Branch in preparation for the first day of 2014 XFINITY Atlanta Falcons Training Camp on Friday.

Falcons fans coming to Flowery Branch for the opening weekend of XFINITY® Atlanta Falcons Training Camp will have the opportunity to receive a free SPOT me™ skin cancer screening, from July 25-27.

The Falcons have partnered with the American Academy of Dermatology to educate the public about the importance of detecting skin cancer early.

Screenings at Falcons headquarters in Flowery Branch will be offered from 2:30-6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

A recent survey conducted by the Academy found that while the vast majority of men are knowledgeable about skin cancer and understand the importance of early detection (95 percent), only six in 10 men (61 percent) know how to detect signs of skin cancer on their skin, and significantly fewer actually visit a doctor for an annual skin cancer screening (18 percent).

"We are excited to take part in the SPOT me™ campaign to raise awareness of skin cancer prevention and detection among our fans," said Marty Lauzon, Atlanta Falcons director of sports medicine and performance. "Living in Atlanta, where it's warm and sunny most days of the year, we know how critical it is to protect ourselves from sun exposure — especially as players and coaches are spending so many hours outside. It's important that our fans take the same precautions and take advantage of the free skin cancer screenings and educational information available at training camp."

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