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Natural sun tans are a big craze in the western countries. People spend hours, lying on the beach to darken their skin and even when they're back in their homes away from the sea, they turn towards artificial tanning using the methods of tan sprays, and the latest trend, sunbeds.
Here's a Skin cancer victim sharing her story of how sunbeds gave her a horrible scar and pushed her to the deadly disease and requests people to stop using sunbeds for their tan addiction. She shared her shocking photo on Facebook to warn as many people as possible against the side-effects of using sunbeds. It read:
Has taken me a few weeks 2 come to terms with this b4 I posted.
'I had a spot on my face for over a yr then thinking the sun would clear it up and didn't, a gd friend advised me 2 get this checked out in which I did...one look and was told I had skin cancer. Not lking 4 any sympathy comments, would jst like 2 put out there that after years of abusing sunbeds not putting the proper sun cream on has resulted in a permanent scar on my face.
BE AWARE. SUNBEDS, SUN, DOES LEAVE PERMANENT DAMAGE!!
I didn't realise there was going to be such a frenzy about it. I would just stay clear of sunbeds - I'll be wearing factor 50 [from now on]. That's something I've never even done.
"I'd go on holiday and get the best tan I could, then come back and really hit the sunbeds to keep my colour up. I just was wanting to feel good about myself and when you've got a tan you do feel good about yourself," spoke Ms Lorraine.
"Leading up to holidays to get a base tan, when I got back from holidays I would use them four times a week. I would start on six minutes but when I came back from my holidays I would go up to nine minutes." She never wore suncream and used babyoil for tan.
Only after her friend suggested her to consult a dermatologist since the spot went painful that she came to know about her condition of skin cancer. 'It hadn't crossed my mind at all, I just thought it was a spot that hadn't healed properly,' she said the mother of one.
In fact, their radiation levels that are up to six times higher than the Mediterranean sunlight.
She had been using sunbeds on a regular basis from the age of 13, and this might be the reason behind the cause of skin cancer.
According to a recent survey, a 10-minute session on a sunbed is twice as likely to cause skin cancer as spending the same time in the midday sun in the Mediterranean.
Tanning booths are so lethal these days, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has considered them as dangerous as cigarettes since it is one of the most dangerous cancer-causing habits and is increasing at an alarming rate in the UK.
"For years I abused my skin - I don't think there're enough warnings out there about sunbeds," says Lorraine. The ultra-violet radiation levels are very high both in the sunbed devices and natural sun rays.
We wish Lorraine a speedy recovery and suggest everyone to use sunbeds as less as possible. Your life is more important than a tan. Please SHARE this article with as many people as possible and save them from the situations Lorraine Henderson had to go through.