Do you have a friend who is addicted to taking selfies? Someone who posts selfies literally every hour, showing new eyeliner or earrings? Maybe it´s you. Sometimes less is better. Still, it´s important to stay unique and share only special moments while every minute selfies is a proof of your immaturity. Sometimes you have a story behind your selfie and that story even can change the world.
One true story – a great impact
As for example, a nurse from Kentucky shared a selfie of her face after medical treatment. She signed her picture with
This is what skin cancer treatment can look like
Her sincere story about her obsession with tanned skin and consequences. One powerful selfie raised skin cancer awareness significantly. Tawny Dzierzek explained that she used tunning bed regularly, up to four times in a week. At the age of just 21, she was diagnosed basal cell carcinoma. It´s an abnormal cell growth in the deepest layer of the epidermis. It´s not a melanoma but it´s still a tricky type of cancer due to the possibility to spread into deeper layers of the body and bones. Tawny revealed her selfie when she came back from the dermatologist, where she removed a cancerous growth from her skin. Meanwhile, melanoma is a potentially deadly type of cancer, basal cell carcinoma is curable as long as you catch it early.
Tawny encourage us to use sunblock creams and stop to abuse tanning:
“Wear sunscreen and get a spray tan. Learn from other people’s mistakes. Don’t let tanning prevent you from seeing your children grow up. That’s my biggest fear now that I have a two year old little boy of my own.”
This story increased the popularity of searches like “skin cancer prevention” and “dermatologist appointment”. It’s hard to say if this powerful selfie saved somebody’s life, but it definitely prevented some people from going to the beach without sunscreen.