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Tanning terror; mom posts selfie after skin cancer treatment

Photo credit: Tawny Willoughby via Facebook

Photo credit: Tawny Willoughby via Facebook

A young mother, Tawny Willoughby, 27, suffering from skin cancer is being praised for her bravery, after sharing a shocking selfie of skin damage due to tanning.

In the snapshot, which has been shared over 50,000 times, the Alabama nurse shows her face covered with bloody scars and blisters. She writesWill: “If anyone needs a little motivation to not lay in the tanning bed and sun here you go! This is what skin cancer treatment can look like.”

Photo credit: Tawny Willoughby via Facebook

Photo credit: Tawny Willoughby via Facebook

As a teenager growing up in Kentucky, Willoughby admits that she used tanning beds four or five times a week.
“I had my own personal tanning bed in my home and so did a lot of my friends growing up … everyone tanned,” she told CNN. “I didn’t really even think about the future or skin cancer at the time.”

It was just six years ago that one of Willoughby’s nursing school classmates was diagnosed with melanoma, leading her to make her first dermatology appointment. At just 21 years old, Willoughby was told she had skin cancer. She has since been treated for basal cell carcinoma five times and squamous cell carcinoma once.

Willoughby now visits her dermatologist every six to 12 months and “usually has a skin cancer removed at each checkup.”

We applaud this young woman for her stark warning to tanning bed users. Although Caucasians are the primary victims of skin cancer, anyone, regardless of skin color, can fall prey to it. Celebrities like legendary reggae musician Bob Marley suffered from skin cancer. What was dismissed as a soccer injury under his toenail turned out to be an aggressive form of melanoma that ultimately caused his death at 36.



4 Comments

  1. ZeroTo100 on May 13, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    This is IRONY! For Caucasians to Be RACIST AS THEY ARE, THEY STAY “TRYING TO DARKEN THEIR PALE SKIN” But HATE US FOR OUR NATURAL COLOR OF SKIN! Honestly, THAT’S WHAT SHE GET! HOW YOU GONE HATE US FOR OUR SKIN & AT THE SAME TIME, WANT OUR SKIN COLOR? Actually I think that’s GODS WAY OF PUNISHING THEM FOR THEIR ASININE WAYS! SORRYNOTSORRY!!

  2. britishrose on May 13, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    i will never feel bad for a white complaining of cancer for darking their skin cause for the life of them they do not admitt they want to be dark as us .. what is the facination with being dark? they feel prettier , sexier , but yet we ugly, darkies whom they fear?
    their children are the ones tanning and obsessing over dark , and no one connecting the dots.., who will pitty her she aint gonna die she just need to stop the SELF HATE OF HER SKIN COLOR , WHEN PEOPLE HATE THEIR OWN COLOR THEY ARE SELF HATING ON THEIR OWN RACE POOR THING BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL FOR SURE

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