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Ryan Palmer, MD Anderson Cancer Center expand free skin cancer screenings at Houston Open

March 28, 2018

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will expand its complimentary skin cancer screenings for spectators from one day to four at the Houston Open, Houston’s premier PGA TOUR event held Thursday, March 29-Sunday, April 1, as well as provide public shaded bleachers and free sunscreen, UV-protectant sunglasses and SPF 30 lip balm throughout the tournament.

PGA TOUR golfer Ryan Palmer, who has committed to play in the Houston Open, visited the screening center on Tuesday, March 27 to share his personal connection with MD Anderson and cancer prevention tips.

“My wife, Jennifer, was diagnosed with cancer a year and a half ago, and while she is moving in the right direction, our relationship with MD Anderson is a personal one,” Palmer said. “As players, we are out in the sun often, but so are the fans, and so it is crucial to have sunscreen on our face, lips and any area exposed to the sun. Keeping fans educated that one little spot can turn into a nightmare is important. It is great having MD Anderson out here, and as players, we are fortunate enough to have screenings a couple of times a year. We are thankful to have MD Anderson as part of our PGA TOUR family.”

Through Putt to End Cancer, MD Anderson’s new initiative to raise funds for cancer research, Southern Company and SERVPRO will each make a $50 donation to MD Anderson for every one-putt made at the Houston Open. Spectators will be able to watch donations roll in with real-time updates at designated locations throughout the course.

New this year, a no-smoking zone established in and around the MD Anderson Pavilion will serve as a further reminder of everyday lifestyle changes that can help prevent cancer.

Since 2015, as the PGA TOUR’s official cancer center, MD Anderson has engaged more than 106,000 tournament attendees, who have shown their support of MD Anderson’s mission to end cancer by signing the institution’s Strike Through Cancer Wall. Spectators have applied more than 200 gallons of free sunscreen, equaling 25,600 1-ounce applications (the recommended amount per application). MD Anderson has conducted more than 1,000 free skin cancer screenings for PGA TOUR players, caddies, journalists and fans.

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