If This Mom’s Before & After Photos Don’t Scare You From Tanning Too Much, Nothing Will

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This mom of two is on a mission to warn people about the realities of skin cancer with a Barely Noticeable photo diary documenting her battle with melanoma.

Bethany Gambardella-Greenway, 39, from Austin, Texas discovered a dark spot on her skin while she was pregnant with her youngest child in 2015. She ignored it in the belief that it was something to do with hormonal changes, and when she finally got it checked out, the dermatologist reassured her that it wasn’t a cancer symptom. Eighteen months later, however, a painful mole appeared, and a biopsy revealed that it was, in fact, an aggressive form of skin cancer called desmoplastic melanoma. Doctors removed the mole and did a skin grafting procedure, but after learning that cancer had spread to her bones and lymph nodes, she started immunotherapy in October 2016.

Bethany said she wasn’t surprised by the diagnosis because her mother also had melanoma at the same age, and even though she’s finished her treatment and is now in the all-clear, she’s encouraging other people to wear sunscreen so they don’t have to go through the same awful experience that she did. “Please stop sunbathing and going to tanning salons,” she says sharing her pictures of the skin cancer battle. “A tan isn’t a healthy glow — it’s damaged skin.” Wise words that everybody should pay attention to.

This mom of two is on a mission to warn people about the realities of skin cancer

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