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Event Offers Cancer Prevention Tips, Exhibits

April 26, 2012 | Dagny Stuart

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center invites women to “Treat Yourself Like a Queen,” during a special health care and cancer prevention event, Saturday, May 5, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Vanderbilt University Student Life Center.

The free event includes health information exhibits, shopping at the “Queenly Things Mall,” and a dessert reception.

There will be a special performance by the Cancer Queens! A Cancer Prevention Musical Revue, including the debut of a new song, “And Then She Got a Colonoscopy,” starring Polly and the Colon Polyps.

The Cancer Queens is a group of nearly a dozen Tennessee health care educators, many from Vanderbilt, providing health messages in a format known as “edutainment.” Wearing rhinestone tiaras and feather boas, the women perform a humorous and educational musical revue with song lyrics about cancer prevention set to melodies from well-known songs.

The Cancer Queens have presented their message to more than 6,500 people and have been highlighted as a success story for cancer risk reduction education by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The “Treat Yourself Like a Queen” event is open to the public and there is free parking in the 25th Avenue Garage with continuous shuttle service to the Student Life Center.