MLB.com June for Redman

Posted on MLB.com on 05/07/2003 7:19 PM ET
Notes: June for Redman
Gonzalez takes another day off
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com

....Skin cancer screening: At the start of Spring Training last season, Torborg received a scare.

The Marlins manager was informed he had skin cancer on the hairline of his right sideburn.

"It really scared me," Torborg said.

The growth was removed and the manager had plastic surgery to cover up his ailment.

Torborg discussed his personal experiences with skin cancer Wednesday on the day the team launched a campaign to raise awareness of the hazards of the sun.

Torborg has had two bouts with skin cancer, the other occurring during his playing days with the Indians in the early 1970s. He had a growth on the left side of his face.

He treats the problem with creams and to this day never leaves home without sunscreen.

"My mom and dad both had skin cancer.
I'm concerned a bit."
-- Toby Borland

The Marlins have teamed up with the American Academy of Dermatology to help "strike out skin cancer."

The month of May has been designated by the AAD as National Skin Cancer Detection & Prevention Month.

"This is melanoma May," said Dr. Barry Resnik, a Miami-based dermatologist. "It's the month we try to raise awareness of skin cancers."

Resnik was at the stadium Wednesday, providing free screening for the players, coaches and their families, as well as Marlins employees.

The team is providing free screening for all fans in attendance Friday night when the Marlins face the Rockies at 7:35 p.m. ET at Pro Player Stadium.

Resnik says more than 92,000 people will be diagnosed with melanoma this year alone.

"We want them to use sunscreen," he said, recommending a minimum of 15.

He advises people to apply sunscreen an hour before they are exposed to the sun.

"You can liken the sun to a nuclear reactor, and the sun's rays are radiation," Resnik said. "If you went into a nuclear reactor, you wouldn't go in it without shielding. You should have sunscreen on."

A number of Marlins players took advantage of the screening.

"My mom and dad both had skin cancer," reliever Toby Borland said. "I'm concerned a bit. It takes five minutes out of your day to have peace of mind."

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