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Why is prom so exciting for you?

When: April 27, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Where: Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds After Prom will be held in the school after the dance from 10 p.m. until 2:30 a.m. After Prom will provide a fun, alcohol free environment for fun and prizes for students who did and did not attend Prom.

I’m excited for prom because I get to spend some special time with my boyfriend and other good friends. It’s just a night of fun. I’m totally looking forward to it.” -Chelsey Davis, junior

I was such a tomboy growing up. It was exciting to get all dressed up and see my friends all fancy with their crazy hairdos.” -Tammy Burton, World Language teacher

I’m excited to wear a tuxedo and going out to dinner with friends. It is out of the ordinary; you get to do things you don’t do everyday.” -Evan Felix, senior

Frequent tanning causes damage BY BECCA SANDRY


rom season is here and many West students are starting to prepare. Whether they are buying the perfect dress or preparing to win some prizes at After Prom, students are getting things ready for the dance. To look their best is a must, but some girls go to the extreme to look their best by having that golden tan, unknowing of the repercussions of it. Tanning can lead to skin cancer of various forms, one being the deadliest form, melanoma. According to melanoma is caused when something goes awry in the melanocytes. Melanocytes are the cells in which skin’s melanin, or skin color, is produced. Some students who tan do not think of how tanning is going to affect their bodies

in the long run. “I only tan about ten times before a dance,” said junior Abby Thumann. “I really don’t think skin cancer will ever happen to me.” Tanning is strongly discouraged by dermatologist. Dr. Scott Miller of Tarrant Dermatology Consultants said there is no such thing as a safe tan. However, he said while there are a lot of tanning salons, there is also just as much information about the risks associated with it. According to, indoor tanning increases melanoma by 75 percent.. Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer world wide, according to It is most commonly developed in ages 25-29. Although ages 15-29 are the second most common ages for the cancer to develop, melanoma is still a serious cancer. Although most would think that women

would be more susceptible to the caner because of tanning and high sunexposures that is not the case. Melanoma can strike men and women of all ages, races, and all skin types. With all cancers and disease there is always prevention. To prevent melanoma you should always wear sunscreen when going outside. It’s important to make sunscreen a daily habit 365 days of the year. UV radiation can still damage skin even in the winter and on cloudy days. Also, if you have fair skin, red or blonde hair and light eyes, a history of sunburn or UV exposure, or a family history of melanoma, you could be at higher risk for skin cancer. Talk to your dermatologist or health care provider about the benefits of regular skin examinations. To get more involved or to learn more about melanoma research and prevention, visit

The ABCDE’s of melanoma

(Change in moles is a typical sign of melanoma) Look for the ABCDE’s of melanoma in your moles. If you see one or more, make an appointment with a dermatologist. Asymmetrical Shape Border Melanoma lesions are Non-cancerous moles typically irregular, or not usually have smooth, symmetrical, in shape. even borders. Melanoma Benign moles are lesions usually have usually symmetrical. iregular borders that are difficult to define.

Color The presence of more than one color (blue, black, brown, tan,) or the uneven distribution of color can be a sign.

Diameter Melanoma lesions are often greater than 6 milli-meters in diameter; about the size of a pencil eraser.

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Evolution If a mole has gone through recent changes in color and or size, get it checked out by a dermatologist immediately.


Beak'n'Eye - April 12, 2013  

The newspaper of West High School, Davenport, Iowa, USA

Beak'n'Eye - April 12, 2013  

The newspaper of West High School, Davenport, Iowa, USA