Iowa Woman Issues Warning To Parents And Their Kids
Mallory Lubbock is frustrated. Frustrated with herself for something she did years ago that she never thought would impact her. It has and she fears this is only the beginning.
Mallory, who grew up in Cedar Rapids, used tanning beds as a teenager. She used them a lot... daily, as she recalls, during a large portion of her high school years. Still, when a cut developed on her lip during a recent pregnancy, she never dreamed it could be skin cancer. For months, it wouldn't go away. Antibiotic cream didn't make it vanish either. A biopsy revealed it was, indeed, what she thought could never happen to her. Skin cancer. Mallory is only 26.
The post on her Facebook page is pure frustration as well as a warning to others:
I will try like h--- 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.
Mallory also knows this is only the beginning,
I now get to go back for suture removal/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% certainly many more painful ass appointments of getting skin cancer taken off my body.
She's sharing her story to hopefully help others from the same fate:
You guys. Get your daughters out of tanning beds. Get your 16 year old sister out of them. H---, get out of them yourselves! It’s so not worth it. Is tan skin REALLY worth it? This s--- will scar and this s--- HURT. 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?)
Mallory has had several others comment on her Facebook post about their battles with skin cancer. Some of them have never used a tanning bed. If you have an unusual spot or spots on your skin or a mole that appears to have changed, have it checked. Don't wait. And with warm weather coming, remember to use sunscreen. Always.