A woman who was diagnosed with skin cancer on her face refuses to stop tanning. Sarah Boyton had to receive surgery to remove cancer from her face, but that did not stop her addiction to tanning and continues in not protecting her skin.

The Sun Worshipper

The 51-year-old Enfield, North London resident claimed she wasn't "surprised" when she learned that she had skin cancer. Boyton claimed that she spent her "entire life" under the sun or in tanning beds and never used any sunscreen to protect her skin. Boyton had to get surgery to remove cancer from under her eye and was left with a 5cm scar. 

Since removing cancer, the cafe owner has not stopped tanning claiming that she is "addicted" to brown skin and her "laid back nature" is to blame for why she can't stop lying down under the sun. Boyton was first diagnosed with skin cancer in October 2016.  Boyton claimed that she had to get two surgeries to get cancer removed from under her eye after the first operation didn't get all of it out of her skin.

Boyton is also a mother of a 28-year-old daughter, who she claims is not into sun-tanning like her, and a boy who died five years ago at the age of 17 years old due to a car accident.

Boyton admitted that she stopped taking life "seriously" after the death of her son. Despite her love for tanning, Boyton has warned others about the dangers of tanning their skin with no protection.

"Despite this, I have warned my friends and family about the dangers of the sun after my own skin cancer diagnosis. A lot of my friends always used the sunbeds but after my ordeal and seeing my scars they've stopped," Boyton stated.

Skin Cancer Awareness

The National Cancer Institue states that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. Skin cancer occurs when malignant cancer cells form in the tissues of the skin. The main forms of skin cancer are melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma. Melanoma is not as common as the other types of skin cancer. However, it is more likely to invade nearby tissue and spread to other parts of the body.

Melanoma is attributed to most skin-cancer related deaths. Using sunscreen and avoiding too much time in the sun are some ways avoid getting skin cancer.  

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