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Teens Sign Tan Ban Leading Up to Prom

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    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Cancer groups are urging high school students in eastern Iowa to think before they tan.

    Community Cancer Center staff are visiting area high schools trying to convince students to take a no tanning pledge for prom. Students can get a chance to use a DermaScan screening machine to see what sun exposure has already done to their skin.

    One Jefferson student, with a history of melanoma in her family, thought the demonstration was pretty persuasive.

    " I think it will open a lot of people's eyes that they already have a lot of damage...and maybe that damage would change minds. They can get more damage and it will hurt eventually," Arely Jara, Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School Sophomore, said.

    The school with the highest percentage taking the tanning pledge get a 500 dollar prom planning gift. They plan to count up the pledges April 15.