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A mother-of-one suffered from skin cancer and was left with a four-inch scar on her forehead after she used sunbeds three times a week for a decade.
Between the ages of 16 and 25, Carrie Searcy, now 38, claimed she was using sunbeds to to achieve the 'model tan' she saw in magazines.
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But more than ten years later, Ms Searcy, 38, from Kentucky, noticed a white spot on her forehead and when beauty treatments failed to get rid of it, she visited her dermatologist.
The dermatologist gave the marketing specialist a biopsy and diagnosed her with a type of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma (BCC), and scheduled her in for surgery.
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The six-hour long operation removed a 10p-sized chunk of her forehead to clear her of the cancer, leaving the mother with a huge scar on her face.
The US woman now is sharing her story to advise strangers not to put themselves at risk by using sunbeds just to appear more tanned.
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She said: 'For nine years I was obsessed with looking as tanned as I could - I would go on sunbeds three times a week and never wear suncream.
'I would see models in magazines or on TV and think that was how tanned I needed to be, so would do whatever it took to get there.
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'But then a couple of years ago I noticed a white spot on my forehead and it started to get bigger, whiter and waxy looking.
'I'd tried everything I could think of to treat it myself but I think deep down I knew what it was, so last month I went to...
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