A 26-year-old has shared a revealing image of her face after having a cancerous growth removed as part of a blunt warning about the dangers of tanning beds.
Mother-of-two Mallory Lubbock, from Iowa, detailed her scary experience with skin cancer in a candid Facebook post, explaining how her love of tanning as a teen resulted in life-threatening consequences years later.
In one of the selfies, Mallory can be seen with a large scar on her upper lip, having had a growth removed from her face; another shows her with the area covered up with a large white bandage.
Surgery: A 26-year-old from Iowa shared a selfie of herself after getting skin cancer removed to warn other people about the dangers of tanning beds
Warning: Mallory Lubbock shared her entire experience on Facebook where she details how she used to go tanning as a teenager and is now paying the price years later
Cancer: After getting a cancerous growth removed from her upper lip, Mallory shared graphic up-close photos of her face urging teens not to make the same mistake she did
Forever: Mallory shared that even though she got the growth removed, she still has to undergo future removals, wound checks, and then routine check ups for life because of her skin cancer
Teen: She urged parents and mothers not to bring their daughters to tanning salons and even said she will never let her future daughter tan
Mallory, who is a stay-at-home mom with two children, a little boy and a little girl, posted the photos of herself to her Facebook page on March 6, along with a lengthy message about her experiences, her regrets – and her warning to others about the serious risks involved with tanning beds.
‘So, today I got my first cancerous spot removed,’ she wrote. ‘I now get to go back for future removal and wound check, an appointment to get my whole body checked out, very routine check ups for a long while and then routine check ups for life.
‘And almost 100 per cent certainly many more painful ass appointments of getting skin cancer taken off my body.
‘Damn it 16-year-old Mallory that went tanning every single day for two years.
‘I will try like hell to make sure my daughter will not be laying in a single tanning bed while she is under my roof and I hope her just hearing about and seeing Mama go through this will be enough,’ she wrote.
She continued the second half of her post warning other people that they don’t want to end up like her saying, ‘You guys. Get your daughters out of tanning beds. Get your 16-year-old sister out of them.
‘Hell, get out of them yourselves! It’s so not worth it. Is tan skin really worth it? This s**t will scar and this s**t hurt.
Regret: ‘Damn it 16-year-old Mallory that went tanning every single day for two years’ she said to herself in the post she shared (Mallory pictured right)
Mistake: Mallory wants everyone to know that tanning is not worth it and she wishes someone would have told her that years ago
Today: Mallory is a stay-at-home mom of two kids, one being a little girl and is pictured with her husband Dallas Lubbock
Mom: She admitted she never thought it would happen to her and now she’s the ‘mom at the beach with the umbrella and spf 100 heavily applied’
‘I am now the mom at the beach with the umbrella and my SPF 100 heavily applied. Never ever ever did I think this would happen to me, who does?’
What’s even scarier about her post is that the part where she addressed mothers is true and a study published in May 2017 by JAMA Dermatology found that about 45 per cent of American teenagers under 16-years-old are taken to their first tanning bed by a relative.
More than half of those relatives were the actual mothers of the teens who introduced indoor tanning to their children.
Mallory spoke with Yahoo Lifestyle admitting that she posted the graphic photos on purpose to make a point and her post has since received a lot of attention with almost 300 likes, shares and comments.
‘I wanted to bring awareness to not only what can happen when you’re out in the sun without sunscreen but also in a tanning bed,’ she said.
‘I went every single day for two years and almost every day for four. I’m so young and will now deal with this the rest of my life.’
She went on to say that she remembers seeing skin cancer posts on Facebook but didn’t pay them any mind and even admitted to thinking ‘Oh, that’ll never happen to me.’