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Home > Mercy News > Mercy offers Prom 2019: Your Skin is In!
Published on January 10, 2019
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. 20. The event is aimed at keeping young people out of the sun and away from 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 and tuxedo styles. Participants may also browse and shop at a vendor fair, enjoy refreshments, and register to win an Apple Watch, Beat 3 Wireless Headphones or gift cards.
Two skin cancer survivors will share their stories about the dangers of sun exposure and tanning, and 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 almost 10,000 skin cancer deaths each year, and more than 87,000 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.