Tawny Willoughby, a woman in her mid-20’s from Alabama, recently posted a terrifying selfie online to warn against the trend that nearly killed her. She hopes the image helps save others.
Willoughby was a self-proclaimed “tanning addict.” At only 21-years-old, she was diagnosed with skin cancer. The cancer treatment has had a horrifying effect on her face, which is clear from the selfie:
Her face is covered in scars and burns. She hopes that the picture will help persuade others to stop tanning before they, too, come down with skin cancer. So far the image has been shared almost 50,000 times.
At the height of her deadly habit, Willoughby tanned five times a week.
Now, for her cancer treatments, she needs to see a dermatologist every six months or so. On almost every visit, more cancer spots are found — they need to be frozen off with liquid nitrogen.
Here is the message that Willoughby posted to Facebook, along with the selfie:
Wear sunscreen and get a spray tan. You only get one skin and you should take care of it. Learn from other people’s mistakes. Don’t let tanning prevent you from seeing your children grow up. That’s my biggest fear now that I have a two-year-old little boy of my own.
Skin cancer is not always moles, only one of mine have been a mole. Get any suspicious, new and growing spot checked out. Anything that doesn’t heal, possibly bleeds on and off and crusts.
The sooner you find it the less likely it will leave a disfiguring scar or grow deep enough to metastasize. Melanoma kills, non melanoma-disfigures (and can also kill).
Don’t be a statistic!
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