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Please share this story with friends and family….This is a story about a young woman, Tawny Willoughby, and her willingness to share her journey that started with a TANNING BED!!!

Check out her facebook page here

Skin Cancer


Here is an excerpt from Tawny’s Facebook page:

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. 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.

Edited to add: To answer a few questions and comments I’ve seen, I did the bulk of my tanning in high school. I probably laid an average of 4-5 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. 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). Don’t be a statistic! This treatment was done using a cream called Aldara (imiquimod). I’ve also had the following treatments: Curettage and Electrodessication, Cryosurgery (freezing with liquid nitrogen), Surgical Excision and Photodynamic Therapy (PDT). I’m happy to answer any questions you have about my story and skin cancer in general!


  1. Tanning beds seem more dangerous than smoking cigarettes. You’re literally smoking your body.

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  2. Never joined the hype for the dark tan – and do not like lying around in the sun, anyway. But then – I get a sunburn just from being out in the not sunny weather – yesterday we had a very cloudy day with only about half an hour of sunshine coming through – and I was out for 7 hours. Yesterday evening my nose was reddish – and unnaturally warm as was my face. And we had a cool day. 59 ° F or 15 ° C … And my lips burned. Beware of the sun.

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    • Absolutely….thanks for sharing your comment…I remember as a teenager suntanning from 12-2 p.m. – that was the BEST time to get a sun tan in a teenage girl’s mind…we used to lie out on a blow up air mattress in the middle of the lake so we could get ALL OF THE SUN’s RAYs….now I have the wrinkles that say “right back atcha”….we didn’t know the dangers of the sun back then…but now we do and people still lie on tanning beds

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      • I tried it, too, but only twice or so – once on a sun-bed (that was in 1987) and once in my grandparents garden (I was even younger then) – at a time when everybody did it. But I just could not see the point of it – as I do not tan easily.

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  3. Thank you for sharing your journey. No doubt you will raise awareness and help prevent others from making the same mistake.

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