The selfie of a 27-year old American skin cancer patient went viral when the photo was shared 60,000 times after being posted on Facebook.
Tawny Willoughby selfie of herself undergoing skin cancer treatment, was shared to spread awareness of the negative effects related to tanning beds.
Willoughby posted on Facebook, she is an avid user of tanning beds up to 4 to 5 five times weekly, primarily during her years in high school, wherein at 21 she was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma 5 times, the commonest skin cancer type, and squamous cell carcinoma once, which developed from sun burns into scars.
Willoughby posted she is thankful she was not diagnosed with melanoma.
An estimated 6,500 Canadians were diagnosed in 2014 with melanoma, causing the death of 1,050 people.
Provincial legislation has introduced laws to ban the use of tanning beds indoors for people under 18 years of age, with Saskatchewan and Alberta deferring the proposed law last March.
A WHO report said, the risks of sunbed include development of both deadly and non-deadly skin cancer types, aging of the skin and eye damage, suggesting that people of all ages should refrain from using the beds.
Willoughby hopes others will not go through the worry and pain she endured. She urged people with suspicious marks examined and to wear sunscreen at all times. Better to spray tan that to be cancer positive.