Young mum shares shocking selfie after tanning bed caused skin cancer

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A young woman has posted a shocking selfie to her Facebook page to draw attention to the risks of skin cancer, and it has since gone viral.

Young mother Tawny Willoughby, 27, took to social media to share her skin cancer selfie and show the world the ugly side of tanning gone wrong

Young mother Tawny Willoughby, 27, took to social media to share her skin cancer selfie and show the world the ugly side of tanning gone wrong.

The skin on her face is covered with angry, painful-looking scabs from the treatment Aldara, which goes by the generic name imiquimod, ABC News reports.

"If anyone needs a little motivation to not lay in the tanning bed and sun here ya go!" she wrote. "This is what skin cancer treatment can look like."

Ms Willoughby said she tanned four to five times a week in high school and has been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma once and basal cell carcinoma five times since her first diagnosis when she was 21.

She wrote that she's lucky not to have melanoma, but she's had skin cancer cut and scooped out, electrodissected, frozen with liquid nitrogen, surgically removed and killed with photodynamic therapy.

"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."

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