A MUM who used sunbeds almost every day for a decade claims an app saved her life – helping her detect a cancerous mole.
Emma Proctor kept her tan topped up throughout her 20s, using sunbeds for nine minutes at a time, every other day.
Caters News Agency Emma Proctor was diagnosed with skin cancer after an app detected changes to her mole
It was only when the now 37-year-old spotted the first sign of wrinkles a few years ago, that she ditched her deadly habit.
Then last summer she realised a mole on her lower back was starting to itch.
Worried and desperate for answers, Emma, from Preston, Lancs, downloaded the Skin Vision app on her iPhone.
It let her track the progress of her moles – and encouraged Emma to go and get checked by her GP.
Caters News Agency Emma used Skin Vision to track her mole, which became itchy and started to bleed
Tests revealed the mole was a basal cell carcinoma or BCC – a type of skin cancer actor Hugh Jackman has had treatment for.
Now, after successfully having the mole removed, she’s warning others to ditch the sunbeds too.
“I am pleased to get the all clear and probably wouldn’t have gone if it wasn’t for the app,” Emma said.
“It is so easy to check your moles on, I think everyone with any moles would benefit from just at least checking them on there like I did.
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Caters News Agency Emma has since had the basel cell carcinoma removed
“It prompted me to take action, for anyone else who is like me who doesn’t like to go to doctors, with the app you can get an idea of what you’re dealing with in the privacy of your own home.”
Emma said she now regrets blasting her skin on sunbeds for so long.
But said she never thought cancer would happen to her – despite knowing she was at risk.
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“I’m very fair skinned, with blonde hair and blue eyes, I always knew I was at risk,” she admitted.
“I didn’t think anything bad would come of it.
“I used to like going out and wanted to feel like I looked nice. I saw other tanned girls that looked nice, so perceived it as a nice look.”
When she first noticed her mole itching, the 37-year-old said she didn’t think much of it.
But then she spotted blood.
Caters News Agency Emma used to use sunbeds every other day but now embraces her pale skin, admitting she feels silly for doing it to herself
“It was on my lower back in an extremely awkward position to see properly, with a mirror I managed to see it was looking different,” Emma recalled.
“I talked to my partner about it and he agreed that it had definitely changed, but I am the kind of person that doesn’t like going to the doctors.
“I don’t want to bother them with something trivial. You hear in the press all the time that they are very stretched and I didn’t want to bother anybody.
“But the app prompted me to go and my GP referred me to a dermatologist.
“He told me: ‘If you have a sunbed at home, go straight home and give it away to your worst enemy’.