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American Academy of Dermatology, Major League Baseball and Major League Baseball Players Association Play Sun Smart(TM) to Strike Out Skin Cancer
Date:6/20/2008

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., June 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) are teaming up with the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) this summer through the Play Sun Smart(TM) program to educate players and fans about skin cancer. The many hours spent in the midday sun playing baseball or cheering for their favorite team puts both players and fans at risk for skin cancer, a potentially life-threatening condition that affects 1 in 5 Americans.

Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig learned the importance of skin cancer detection and prevention in 2004 when he was diagnosed and successfully treated for melanoma.

"Long before early detection of my own Level IV Melanoma saved me, Major League Baseball was committed to educating and warning our teams and our fans about the dangers of sun exposure and skin cancer," said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. "We've been playing sun smart for ten years now and while there is still a lot of education to be done, I am proud that Baseball is a leader in the fight against skin cancer. I encourage the public to get a skin cancer screening from a dermatologist because it could save your life. When it comes to the sun, we want all of our field personnel, front office staff and fans to play smart and defeat skin cancer."

This year marks the 10th year of the Play Sun Smart(TM) program, a public service partnership between the Academy, MLB and the MLBPA to raise awareness of the importance of skin cancer detection and prevention. MLB has dedicated June 21, the first day of summer, as Play Sun Smart(TM) skin cancer awareness day.

In celebration of the 10th year of the program, MLB is expanding its commitment to help strike out skin cancer by releasing a new public service announcement (PSA) which will be played at ballparks across the country featuring past and present spokesmen, urging the public to Play Sun Smart(TM). In additio
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