After getting skin cancer at an early age, Tawny Dzierzek posted a selfie of her cancerous face on Facebook to warn others of the dangers of tanning beds.
“I did the bulk of my tanning in high school,” she wrote. “I sometimes laid up to 4 times a week (I laid frequently because my tan faded very fast). I never laid in the tanning bed and in the sun in the same day. I never laid in the tanning bed twice in one day. I had my first skin cancer diagnosis at 21.”
“Now, at 27, I’ve had basal cell carcinoma 5 times and squamous cell carcinoma once (excluding my face). I go to the dermatologist every 6-12 months and usually have a skin cancer removed at each checkup. I’m very thankful to not have had melanoma! Skin cancer is not always moles, only one of mine have been a mole.”
She advised everyone to get any suspicious spots or growths checked by a doctor. “Anything that doesn’t heal, possibly bleeds on and off and crusts,” she noted. If left untreated, skin cancer can spread to other places in the body. Melanoma, one of the forms of skin cancer, is very dangerous and can be deadly.
Dermatology specialist and lead nurse at London’s Skin Limited, told the Mirror that skin cancer is “particularly prevalent among young people and is associated with unprotected sun exposure and sunbed use.”
Getting a spray tan, she added, is “the safest way to get color without the risk.”