WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 34-year-old mother from Chicago is blaming her skin cancer diagnosis to her tanning habit.
- Carrie Doles said that her habit started when she was a teenager, using tanning beds almost every day.
- Doles was diagnosed with basal skin cancer when she was 26 and it left a huge hole on her forehead.
Carrie Doles from Chicago said she started her tanning habit at age 18 and it was so intense she visited tanning salons almost every day. Add to that, she didn’t like putting sunscreen while lying under the sun.
Now, the 34-year-old mother of two is warning others about the habitual tanning’s negative effects on health. Doles was diagnosed with skin cancer at age 26 and it left a giant hole on her face.
“I didn’t know what skin care was then,” Doles told MDW Features. “I was young and felt I didn’t need to take care of my skin at such a young age,” she told MDW Features. “My skin was lucky if I put SPF on it or any type of moisturizer.”
Unfortunately, in 2010, a scab on her left temple appeared. Two weeks before her wedding, she was told that it was basal skin cancer. She underwent six procedures to remove the mutating cells.
According to Fox, basal cell carcinomas are uncontrolled growths or lesions that show up in the skin’s basal cells. Each year, over 4 million people are diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma. The Skin Cancer Foundation said this type of cancer appears as open sores, pink growths, shiny bumps, scars, or red patches. The good news is, it does not usually spread beyond the tumor site. However, the result can be disfiguring if not properly treated.
Doles was left with a large hole in her temple after an operation because the plastic surgeon wasn’t able to see her until the next day.
The surgeon reattached her nerves but had to do a mini face-lift and a mini brow-lift to close up the hole and have her face look even, she told MDW.
IN 2014, her cancer returned. MDW said that it had to be removed by a head, neck and throat specialist. Doles said she’s now suffering from severe headaches and lingering paralysis as side effects from all the procedures she underwent.
“It feels like I am being struck by lightning in that area,” she told the media outlet. “I still cannot raise my left eyebrow.”
Doles is sharing her experience to warn others about the importance of skin care and sun safety.
“Stop tanning,” she recommends. “Your skin will thank you when you are older.”
Source: Fox News