Woman's Shocking Selfie Goes Viral

Tawny Willoughby fought skin cancer six times after spending years in tanning beds.
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Time now for "The heat index." And today's hot button. A warning about extreme tanning. From a woman who went way too far. Her story is going across the globe. Jesse palmer here with the story. Please be aware that the image is quite graphic that we're about to show. It's a picture of 27-year-old tawny and revealing the struggle she's faced with skin cancer and the aftermath. This morning, a warning to lovers of a tanning go. 27-year-old tawny posting a photo showing her bare face after a cancer treatment. Writing if anyone needs a little mote vague to not lay in the tanning bed and sun, here you go. You only get one skin and you should take of it. Her photo going viral. Shared over 60,000 times. I don't think a lot of people realize what skin cancer means. Just to see that image puts it into perspective. Reporter: She grew up tanning. Owned her own bed. Used it sometimes up to five times a weak. I did know around 16. I just didn't care. I felt invincible. Reporter: The proud mom first diagnosed with skin cappser at 217 after quitting cold Turkey, returning to tanning before her wedding. At my next checkup, a year after that, I had more skin cancer. Reporter: Fighting skin cancer six times, now she's cancer tree. But free cancerous spots continue the appear on her body. I have a-year-old I would like to be around for. And to miss time with him because of a tanning bed is just not worth it. You don't want to be the next statistic. Try to stay out of the sun. Do everything you can to prevent skin cancer while you're young. Reporter: There are better ways to obtain the bronze glow. Use a sunless tanner. Get a spray tan. Or use a bronzer. Reporter: Tawny says she'sover womened by the messages of support she's received. We're back with Dr. Whit any Bowe. Our dermatologist is back. What are we seeing? Take this sponge. It represents Normal healthy skin. The styrofoam represents cancer. The medication she's using tell us her immune system to target and kill the atypical cells, leaving behind the healthy tissue. The medication is acting like a smart bomb. It's just destroying the badness. Wow. And so so many people that this is pegreat to know now. But if you have already damaged your skin, how do owe deteyou detect it? You want to think about your abc. A stands for asymmetry. B is border irregular later. C has to do with color. If there are multiple CLRS within the same lesion, that's cause for concern. D is diameter. If it's larger than the size of a pencil eraser. We added an E. Evolution or change. Anytime you can detect a change within a mole, that's cause for concern. What do we do about son blocks? There's a lot of confusion. Where the Numbers stop. After 30 it doesn't work. This one works. Children's work. Waterproof is better. Can you help us? It can get confusing. The word natural is simply not a priority when it comes to sunscreen. A lot of patients think natural is better. It's not. You want to look for physical blockers like zinc oxide or titanium dioxidioxide. And reapply every hour? Oh, gosh. Every two hours unless you go swimming or sweat. In which case you Amore often. People think one and done. No, you have to it going. Thank you. Also in our "Heat index" actress Portia de Rossi speaking

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