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Maryland Dermatologists Set New Records in Sun Safety Outreach at Popular LPGA Tournament
Date:6/18/2008

"Play Safe in the Sun" volunteers reach new heights in checking for skin cancer and raising awareness among crowds of sun-drenched golf lovers, LPGA

Tour players, caddies and news reporters

HAVRE DE GRACE, Md., June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Amidst sweltering temperatures and huge crowds of golf fans, a dedicated team of volunteers representing the Women's Dermatologic Society (WDS) broke its national records for "Play Safe in the Sun," a 3-year community outreach service in collaborative partnership with L'Oreal USA. The well-received WDS skin cancer screenings and sun safety outreach took place at one of the major tournaments in pro ladies' golf, the McDonald's LPGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola in Havre de Grace, MD.

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WDS members and board-certified Maryland dermatologists Karen Beasley, MD (Hunt Valley, MD) and Valerie Callender, MD (Mitchellville, MD) co-hosted the successful outreach event, supported by an energetic team of volunteers joining them to offer free skin cancer screenings, and sun safety outreach to tournament spectators over the busy weekend. In addition, volunteer dermatologists conducted private skin cancer screenings and sun damage assessments for a record number of LPGA Tour players, caddies and sports writers during a special day of outreach designed to heighten awareness about the risks of prolonged sun exposure that come with the game of golf.

"The record-breaking number of people who were screened by the WDS is a testament to the growing awareness and importance of sun protection among golfers, caddies and spectators alike," said Philippe Patsalides, General Manager, Active Cosmetics Division, L'Oreal USA. "The partnership between L'Oreal USA and the WDS behind the Play Safe in the Sun Campaign has played a major role in helping to make this
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