The 29-year-old mother, who was a lover of sun loungers, talks about the dangers of tanning machines.

A mother of two talks about the dangers of sunbeds after she was diagnosed with skin cancer to use the beds to get a tan before the girls ’vacation.

Shannon Masterton, 29, of Derry, Northern Ireland, said she used the beds twice a week for better tanning, but was diagnosed with melanoma in January 2020 and now says it’s not worth the risk. your life.

One year, when she used the beds before a girls’ holiday in Benidorm, she noticed a change in her skin that looked like a blemish and began to feel itchy while she was not.

The tanning fan said that the following year, before another holiday, she used the beds again and noticed the same sensation in her leg that eventually turned into a burning sensation.

But she was not checked because she was worried about what the doctors might say, and after a while her leg began to fall asleep.

Shannon Masterton, 29, of Derry, Northern Ireland, in the photo, said she used the beds twice a week to get a better tan, but that she talks about her dangers after being diagnosed with melanoma in January 2020. .

The 29-year-old had noticed a change in her skin, in her image, before a girls' holiday in Benidorm, which looked like a blemish and began to feel itchy while she was out.

The 29-year-old had noticed a change in her skin, in her image, before a girls’ holiday in Benidorm, which looked like a blemish and began to feel itchy while she was out.

Finally, after a friend realized in December 2019 that her leg had not been checked, she was forced to see a doctor.

Shannon said, “She’s really the reason my kids still have a healthy mom here today.”

At her appointment, a doctor took some pictures of her and sent them to the dermatologist and in a matter of days she was called in for a face-to-face examination.

“At the appointment I had three moles removed and I had a biopsy done and the next week they called me urgently to get my results,” Shannon said.

Shannon, pictured, said the burning sensation in her leg turned numb, but she didn't check it because she was worried about what the doctors might tell her.

Shannon, pictured, said the burning sensation in her leg turned numb, but she didn’t check it because she was worried about what the doctors might tell her.

“I knew something was going to go very wrong and my heart sank,” he added.

It was at that appointment, which he attended with his mother, when he was diagnosed with melanoma and he says that his life appeared before his eyes.

The 29-year-old instantly thought the worst and imagined her children Maebh, nine, and Dara, seven, growing up without their mother.

And doctors asked him if he had been using sunbeds because they said they were almost 100 percent sure the cancer was due to sun exposure.

When she was diagnosed with melanoma in January 2020 after having her leg checked, the 29-year-old instantly thought the worst and imagined her nine-year-old children Maebh and seven-year-old Dara in the photo. , growing up without his mother.

When she was diagnosed with melanoma in January 2020 after having her leg checked, the 29-year-old instantly thought the worst and imagined her nine-year-old children Maebh and seven-year-old Dara in the photo. , growing up without his mother.

He had a procedure in which the cancerous and surrounding tissue was removed from the leg and some of the nerves were also removed.

This is because the melanoma was so deep in the skin and Shannon is now completely asleep in that part of her leg.

The mother of two said she was awake throughout the procedure and could smell, see and hear it all.

Shannon had a procedure where the cancerous and surrounding tissue was removed from the leg, pictured and some of the nerves were also removed.

Shannon had a procedure where the cancerous and surrounding tissue was removed from the leg, pictured and some of the nerves were also removed.

Shannon, photographed with her children Maebh and Dara, said she was never as scared as she was when she was diagnosed with skin cancer.

Shannon, pictured left with her children, said she “never felt scared the way she felt” when she was diagnosed with skin cancer, pictured right.

What is melanoma?

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that can spread to other organs in the body.

Signs and symptoms of melanoma

The most common sign of melanoma is the appearance of a new mole or a change in an existing mole.

This can happen to any part of the body, but the most affected areas are the back in men and the legs in women.

Melanomas are uncommon in sun-protected areas such as the buttocks and scalp.

In most cases, melanomas have an irregular shape and are more than 1 color.

The mole can also be larger than normal and can sometimes itch or bleed.

Look for a mole that gradually changes shape, size, or color.

Source: NHS

Shannon said, “I didn’t think about using my lounger.

“I thought that because I only go there twice a week and I don’t use them all year round, it would be fine.

“I never imagined in a million years that this would happen to me.

“I’ve never felt scared the way I felt when I was told I had skin cancer.”

The 29-year-old said: “I’m so lucky that I caught it soon enough and went to the doctors when my friend forced me to do it.

“It could have been a very different story.

“I am much more cautious now. I am always covered up and so are my children.

“It simply came to our notice then.

“I’m clear right now and I’m grateful to the NHS for the regular reviews I still have to this day.

“I am also grateful to my friend, Aine, and for everything she did for me. Life would have been very different if I didn’t have an earthly angel as a friend …

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