Per reports, the 41-year-old woman, Rebekah, said that she regrets doing her six-time per week habit. The middle-aged woman was left with a gaping hole in her nose after skin cancer left her face deformed. Her tragedy began years ago when she started to visit salons to help herself feel more confident about the way she looked. But all the visits wound up doing was costing her a lot of money and building up enough damage to her skin to make her call the dermatologist. Because she noticed a white itchy spot on the tip of her nose, she felt that the visit to the dermatologist was in order.
Unfortunately, Rebekah reportedly spent the majority of her adult life visiting tanning salons to darken the color of her skin artificially. She said that her six-time per week habit of visiting the tanning beds has left her with a gaping hole in her nose. During the appointment, the white growth was removed from her nose and sent to the lab to be tested for cancer. When the results came back days later, the 41-year-old woman, who works as a teacher, learned that she had basal cell carcinoma. This type of skin cancer is very serious and requires surgery to remove the cancerous tissue before it spreads to other parts of the body.
As she prepared for surgery, she visited the doctor who was going to perform the surgery. She was put under and had a chunk of her nose removed. It was the only way they could help her beat cancer. When the gash to her nose healed, the doctors got to work grafting skin from her forehead to the cut on her nose. It did not work as planned. That’s when things went from okay to bad. “I was a die-hard tanning bed tanner. In my earlier years, I tanned at least five to six times a week. I was told by others, it was bad for me, but until it happened to me. I never listened. I loved the way tanning beds made me feel. It relaxed me, it made me feel pretty, and it gave me a glow that I loved.”
Not only did Rebekah spend a lot of time in tanning beds when she was young, but she also never took care of her skin when she was in high school and college. “In high school and in college, I never took care of my face. As soon as I went in for the dark spot, the dermatologist spotted a white looking mole on the tip of my nose. He asked me how long I had it. It had only been there for about two months.” The doctor wasted no time removing it and sending it to the lab for cancer screening. The results came back and confirmed the worst. Now that she lost part of her face because of tanning beds, she wants others to be safe. “My first advice to everyone is to wear sunscreen. If you can’t find a sunscreen.” She also said, “Make it a habit to go to the dermatologist at least once a year. If you have any concerns about any spots on your body, go get it checked out.”