White people get cancer and risk death to be tanned (look black)

Former tanning addict Tawny Willoughby shared the photo after being diagnosed with skin cancer at the age of just 21

Tawny Willoughby
Skin cancer: Brave Tawny Willoughby has shared the picture to warn others against sun beds

A foolish skin cancer victim has shared a shocking picture of her treatment in a stark warning to sunbed users.

Mum Tawny Willoughby was diagnosed with skin cancer at the age of just 21 after using sunbeds four or five times a week during in high school.

Former tanning addict Tawny, now 27, shared a picture of herself with painful scars and burns all over he face to try and persuade others to tan safely.

The incredible picture has been shared nearly 50,000 times on Facebook, with users praising the girl for her decision. 

Tawny, a nurse from Alabama, said on Facebook: “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.”

Tawny was first diagnosed six years ago and said she used to use sunbeds so frequently because her “tan faded very fast”.

Since then she has had basal cell carcinoma five times and squamous cell carcinoma once. She visits her dermatologist every six to 12 months and “usually has a skin cancer removed at each checkup”.

Tawny uses a specialist cream and has had a string of treatments, including using liquid nitrogen on her face to freeze tumours. All of this because she wanted to be darker.

Still not deterred from looking darker she said: “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). 


Sunbeds – the risks a lot of white people are willing to take to be darker.

Corinne Dowling, lead nurse at skin limited, a specialist clinic in dermatology in London’s Harley Street, said: “Skin cancer is particularly prevalent among young people and is associated with unprotected sun exposure and sunbed use, with more than 10,000 cases in the UK each year.

“It is essential for white people to wear a minimum of SPF 30 to protect against UVB (the sun exposure that burns the skin).”

Dowling urged people to use fake tan as the “safest way to get colour without the risk”. 

Cancer Research warned about the dangers of sunbed use last month, when it emerged that 13,300 adults a year in Britain are diagnosed with malignant melanoma – now the fifth most common cancer in the UK.

Experts say a growing addiction to suntans and sunbeds is behind the demand for the £205 ops.

Cancer Research said: “Sunbed companies will keep trying to tell you their sunbed is safe. They aren’t.”



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