A model who used sunbeds ‘once or twice a week for two years’ has posted some eye-opening images after having to have a number of moles cut out.
Ella Ravenscroft has been left with several scars after the moles, which had changed shape and colour, were removed.
The 20-year-old is now urging people to be aware of the risks of sunbeds and skin cancer and is stressing how important it is not to use sunbeds.
Ella initially had two moles cut out of her stomach, before heading back to hospital to remove two more – one on her back, the other underneath her boob.
Posting a message on Facebook, she said:
This is why it’s really important NOT to use the sunbeds , I had 2 tiny moles on my tummy that have grown due to using sunbeds! Never thought this would happen as I didn’t realise it was possible but they’ve now had to be replaced by scars.
Just want to make people more aware how dangerous they are as you don’t think something as little as a mole could cause skin cancer, I’ve had 2 removed on my tummy , one on my back and one just below my boob. If your moles feel itchy or grow make sure to get them checked out! Better to be safe than sorry.
This is why it’s important NOT to use sunbeds! Sorry for the gruesome pictures but I wanted to get the message out there to everyone. This has been the most horrific experience for me.
Sunbeds give out ultraviolet (UV) rays, these increase your risk of developing skin cancer (both malignant melanoma and non-melanoma).
According to the NHS, many sunbeds actually give out ‘greater doses of UV rays than the midday tropical sun’.
Sunbeds, sunlamps and tanning booths give out the same type of harmful radiation as sunlight.
This can cause skin to age prematurely, making it look ‘coarse, leathery and wrinkled’.
Not thats its anyyyy of my business what anyone else does to their own health but I just find it so frightening how many people Ive seen tweeting / snapping about how theyre dying to get back doing sunbeds …i don’t think ppl realise how much damage theyre causing for themselves
— Aoife Curtis ? (@aoifecurtis_) January 26, 2018
A tan is your body’s attempt to protect itself from the damaging effect of UV rays. Using a sunbed to get a tan isn’t safer than tanning in the sun.
The risks are even greater for young people.
Evidence shows people who are frequently exposed to UV rays before the age of 25 are at greater risk of developing skin cancer later in life and sunburn in childhood can greatly increase the risk of developing skin cancer later in life.
It is illegal in the UK for anybody under the age of 18 to use sunbeds.
For anybody who says ‘this is not news’ and ‘people already know the risks’, well this goes to show, actually, the message is still needed to be pushed out there.
Stay skin safe.