Chargers tackle skin cancer with free clinic

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chargersSAN DIEGO — Fans attending Saturday’s San Diego Chargers practice can receive a free skin cancer screening from licensed dermatologists and other health care professionals.

The screenings will be conducted from 8:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Chargers Park. Everyone being screened will receive a prize from the team.

The screenings are part of the national Melanoma Exposed campaign, which seeks to raise awareness of melanoma and its risk factors.

“We are proud to take part in this program because it helps our fans become more knowledgeable about the risk factors of this preventable disease,” Chargers CEO A.G. Spanos said.

“Living in San Diego where it’s almost always sunny, we know how critical it is to protect ourselves from sun exposure with players and coaches
spending so many hours outside. It’s important that our fans take the same precautions.”

Chargers senior director of ticket sales and services Todd Poulsen was diagnosed with skin cancer two years ago.

“I never paid attention to the effects of sun exposure prior to my diagnosis and spent a lot of time outdoors attending sporting events, boating and riding my motorcycle,” Poulsen said.

“But after four different procedures to remove skin cancer, I think about it every day. It turns out that things as simple as wearing a hat and reapplying sunscreen multiple times daily, in addition to getting screened regularly, can help protect you.”

More information about the Melanoma Exposed campaign is available online at

The Chargers are scheduled to practice from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday.


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