Woman takes ‘skin cancer selfie’ in hopes of raising awareness, saving lives

(Photos from Facebook/Tawny Willoughby)

A woman who posted her “skin cancer selfie” online is going viral this week.

After one of her cancer treatments, 27-year-old Tawny Willoughby posted a a selfie on Facebook to warn people about the dangers of tanning and skin cancer. It shows her face with bloody scabs and blisters.

“If anyone needs a little motivation to not lay in the tanning bed and sun here ya go! This is what skin cancer treatment can look like,” she wrote in a post along with the photo. “Wear sunscreen and get a spray tan. You only get one skin and you should take care of it.”

This selfie of Willoughby, posted last month to Facebook, has been shared almost 50,000 times.

According to CNN, Willoughby was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer, at age 21.

Doctors said Willoughby had basal cell carcinoma five times and squamous cell carcinoma once. She now goes to the dermatologist every six to 12 months. She usually has a cancerous piece of skin removed at each checkup.

She said she used a tanning bed four to five times a week in high school. She’s now a mother and said she hopes her story will save lives.

Do you use tanning beds? If you do, after hearing this mother’s story will you now stop? Click HERE to weigh in on the conversation on our Facebook page.

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