This Woman's Viral Selfies Illustrate the Dangers of Tanning

Dacy Knight
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We're all aware of the dangers of tanning, but we don't always adhere to the recommended precautions. We can all admit that at some point or another, we've skimped on sun protection, forgoing SPF to accelerate a vacation tan or simply because we didn't think it necessary. It's easy to think we're immune to the harmful nature of the sun's rays, but for some, the wakeup call comes too late.

Mag Murphy, a 45-year-old woman in Dublin, spent a lifetime tanning indoors and outdoors with little to no sun protection, and the result is the development of precancerous cells on her face, reports Allure. Murphy must now apply a topical treatment called Efudix—which contains the active ingredient fluorouracil, a chemotherapy medicine—for a month to burn off the cells, but she isn't undergoing the painful journey alone. "I'm sharing this to try and raise awareness to sun damage and using high factor sun lotion," she writes on her Facebook page titled

"I'm sharing this to try and raise awareness to sun damage and using high factor sun lotion," she writes on her Mag's Murphys Journey Facebook page. "I'm going to post pictures and videos throughout the treatment."

The photos are graphic but an impactful warning of the dangers of unprotected tanning. To protect yourself, be sure to shop some of our favourite sunscreens.

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