Tanning Addict Left With a Gaping Hole After Developing Skin Cancer

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Tanning Addict Left With a Gaping Hole After Developing Skin Cancer


In her teens up to her 20s, 41-year-old Rebekkah Rupp from Morrison, Oklahoma had been using tanning beds about six times a week. She loved getting tanned and wanted to achieve a healthy glow. Little did she know that this would lead to addiction, which could leave traces on her face.

According to Unilad, a British Internet media company and website owned by LADbible Group, Rupp went to a dermatologist last December after she noticed a dark spot on her cheek. The dermatologist also noticed a white spot on the tip of her nose, which was removed immediately and sent off for testing. He also acted very concerned about the way it looked. This was when she learned that she had cancer. “I was a diehard tanning bed tanner. In my earlier years, I tanned at least five to six times a week. I was told by others it was bad for me, but until it happened to me – I never listened,” she said. 


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Rupp said that tanning made her feel pretty and also relaxed her. However, this would also lead her to suffer from basal cell carcinoma skin cancer. She was immediately sent to a specialist in Oklahoma City to undergo Mohs surgery, a procedure where thin layers of cancer-containing skin are removed and examined until only cancer-free tissue remains. The operation left a hole in her nose. The doctors repaired it with a flap of forehead skin. 


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Rupp was then sent to a reconstructive surgeon. “The surgeon did a forehead flap where they take a vein that has good blood flow from the top of the head and they attach it to the nose,” she said. 


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Before all of this happened, Rupp admitted that she rarely took care of her skin. She was just using wipes and pads to cleanse her skin. Now, she wears sunscreen every day without fail. Rupp also wears a hat when she’s in the sun.




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