Moffitt Cancer center gives free skin cancer screenings at Hammond Stadium

CREATED Mar 16, 2014

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FORT MYERS, Fla. - Jim Russell loves to soak up the sun.

"I have laid in the sun all my life, I'm 76 years old," Russell said.

So when he saw Moffitt Cancer Center was giving free skin cancer screenings before Sunday's Minnesota Twins game, he decided to take a seat.

"How can you have fun in your senior years if you don't know what's wrong with you," Russell said.

It's all part of the Spring Swing, a partnership between Moffitt Cancer Center and the Tampa Bay Rays. They take a mobile screening unit to spring training games around the state.  

"It's really the first time we are getting back in the sun as Floridians. We also have a ton of people who are here from up North who had a brutal winter this year so we want to get the message out that they need to keep in mind the proper precautions to be proactive about sun safety," Lizette Robles, Spring Swing Coordinator, said.

This is the Spring Swing's fourth stop on the tour this year and in the past seven years they have found 3,000 significant cancer findings. Twenty two of those were melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.

For Russell, just a few minutes for the exam opened his eyes to two potential spots he could have skin cancer.

"I came here for a baseball game and now maybe you extended my life another ten years," Russell said.