Mercy offers Prom 2020: Your Skin Is In! - MedQ

Mercy offers Prom 2020: Your Skin Is In!

MedQuarter (MedQ) Regional Medical District | January 10th, 2020

Experts will offer tips on looking great for prom – without tanning

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (Jan. 9, 2020) – Mercy Medical Center’s Hall-Perrine Cancer Center is hosting a free, pre-prom skin cancer awareness event from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19.  The event is aimed at educating young people about sun protection and the dangers of excessive sun exposure and tanning booths, especially as prom season nears.

This pre-prom event will include hair, makeup and sunless tanning tips from industry experts, as well as a fashion show highlighting the latest dress styles.  Participants may also browse and shop at a vendor fair, enjoy refreshments, and register to win an Apple Watch, Beats wireless headphones or gift cards.

Two skin cancer survivors will share their stories about the dangers of sun exposure and tanning. Hall-Perrine Cancer Center’s Vincent Reid, MD, will provide skin cancer education

According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. Melanoma, a more dangerous type of skin cancer, accounts for more than 7,200 skin cancer deaths each year, and more than 96,000 new cases.  Indoor tanning, just like outdoor sun tanning, exposes skin to ultraviolet (UV) rays, the cause of most skin cancers.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who begin tanning during adolescence or early adulthood have a higher risk of melanoma.

To register for this pre-prom event at the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center, please call (319) 861-7998 or register online at

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