Woman Shares Honest Selfie To Help End Habit That Almost Killed Her

I bet you that you can't name at least one person who has never taken a selfie. And who can blame you for that? In this era of rampant social media use like facebook, twitter and instagram, you'd be hard pressed to find someone who has never taken a selfie.

And naturally if you want to share a picture of yourself, you want to look as good as possible, right? Many people have taken many steps to looking gorgeous in their pictures, like applying make up to using third party apps that help them edit their picture. However, you should be careful with your selfie rituals so that you don't end up like Ms. Tammy Dzierzek.

Ms. Dzierzek shared one habit that most of us can relate, the ever candid selfie. But her selfie ritual almost cost her her life, and after that harrowing experience, she has used social media to warn others not to follow in her footsteps.

To look good in her selfies, Ms. Dzierzek frequented tanning salons, so much so that she says that she started going to those place since her high school days; and in a week, she would lay in a tanning bed four times. She shares that although she frequented tanning booths, she never laid in the sun on the same day that she laid in a tanning bed.

However even if she put an effort to be careful, she was still in for the shock of her life; she was first diagnosed with skin cancer when she was 21.

What you should know about skin cancer

In the United States alone, the Skin Cancer Foundation says that more than 5.4 million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer are treated in roughly 3.3 million people yearly. They also state the well known fact that UV radiation has been positively linked to skin cancer.

Tanning beds, which use UV radiation to give users that much wanted tan, have been linked to more than 419,000 skin cancer cases that happen yearly in the United States. Alarmingly, those who have tanned indoors even once have a 69% chance of having basal cell carcinoma before they hit 40.

They also claim and that skin cancer happens in one out of five Americans in their lifetime.

Tammy hopes that her story will help prevent people who have been tempted to use tanning beds just to get a good selfie from having skin cancer. "Now at 27, I've had basal cell carcinoma 5 times and squamous cell carcinoma once (excluding my face)."

She shares that she has to go to a skin doctor 1 to 2 times a year and usually have had to undergo treatment to remove a new skin cancer development. She is thankful that even though she has had many types of skin cancer, she has not had melanoma, a very deadly type of skin cancer.

Tammy urges people who have heard of her story to have any suspicious growths or spots in their body that doesn't heal, and might even bleed, be checked out by a competent doctor immediately.

In this era where vanity seems to be rampant, it is always good to remember that even though we do want to be told we're beautiful as much as possible, it is never worth sacrificing our health to get another's approval. We should all be careful with what we do to our bodies, since it's the only one that we got.