Mother, 25, who used sunbeds twice a week for up to 14 minutes a session to ‘banish winter depression’ discovers ‘tiny freckle’ on her shin is Stage 2 melanoma

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  • Crowthorne’s 25-year-old Paris Tippett has been in and out of sunbeds since she was 18
  • but she noticed a small freckle on her right shin while moisturizing her feet
  • Paris went to her GP and was given the devastating news two weeks later
  • it was cancer and one’s mother-in-law was told she had stage-two melanoma

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A mother who has used sunbeds twice a week has warned that she will never use them again after being diagnosed with skin cancer.

Paris Tippett, 25, from Crowthorne, Berkshire, started sunbathing at the age of 18, but last year started going twice a week for sessions of up to 14 minutes.

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Not only did Paris find that the tanning sessions gave her that desired golden glow, she claims they also helped her through the ‘down patch’ – including the one she experienced with seasonal affective disorder [SAD].

After four months of regular tanning sessions, the massage business owner, who is mom to three-year-old Saskia Brown, noticed a small freckle on her right shin while moisturizing her feet.

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Paris went to her GP and was referred to dermatologists who removed the freckles for a biopsy – and two weeks later she was given the devastating news that it was cancer and she had stage-two melanoma.

Paris, pictured, warned she would never use a sunbed again

Paris Tippett (pictured), 25, from Crowthorne, Berkshire, has been on sunbeds since she was 18, but last year started going twice weekly in sessions lasting up to 14 minutes

Not only did Paris find that the tanning sessions gave her that desired golden glow, she claims they also helped her through the 'down patch' - including the one she experienced with seasonal affective disorder [SAD].  Pictured, freckled Paris discovered on her right shin

Not only did Paris find that the tanning sessions gave her that desired golden glow, she claims they also helped her through the ‘down patch’ – including the one she experienced with seasonal affective disorder [SAD]. Pictured, freckled Paris discovered on her right shin

After four months of regular tanning sessions, the massage business owner (pictured), who is mom to three-year-old Saskia Brown, noticed a small freckle on her right shin while moisturizing her feet

hospitalized after surgery

After four months of regular tanning sessions, the massage business owner, who is mom to three-year-old Saskia Brown, noticed a small freckle on her right shin while moisturizing her feet. Picture added to the hospital after surgery

Horrified by the ‘silent killer’ diagnosis, Paris quits using sunbeds and, now that she’s relieved to be completely clear, is sharing her ordeal to demonstrate that ‘using them’ Not worth it’.

Paris said: ‘I first started using sunbeds when I was 18 because I wanted to try them. Since then I have gone in and out to use them in my life.

‘I haven’t used them solidly every week of my life, I use them on vacation or just before I leave for summer.

‘They also make me feel a little better. Sometimes when I’ve been feeling a little down in the past, I get SAD. Get [seasonal affective disorder] And it has made me feel like it is helping me.

‘When the doctor told me it was melanoma, a vicious one, I just sat there and was next to me. I just cried and said “is this the terminal?”

Paris (pictured with her daughter) went to her GP and was referred to dermatologists, who cut out the freckles for a biopsy – and two weeks later she was given the devastating news that it was cancer and she had stage-two melanoma.

Paris (pictured with her daughter) went to her GP and was referred to dermatologists, who cut out the freckles for a biopsy – and two weeks later she was given the devastating news that it was cancer and she had stage-two melanoma.

Paris decided to take advantage of sunbeds again only after the lockdown was lifted last year and beauty and tanning salons opened, unsure when they might close again.

Paris said: ‘I was using sunbeds more amid the lockdown because I didn’t know when I would be able to get sunbeds again.

‘From last summer I increased it to two’ [sessions] In a week, sometimes for 12-14 minutes over the course of three to four months, and then that winter I got a little freckle on my calf.’

Paris visited her GP in June, who referred her to Frimley Park Hospital in Frimley, Surrey. There, Paris underwent a biopsy and is devastated to learn that she has melanoma.

Paris said: ‘I don’t have too many freckles on my feet. I have some moles on my thigh but nothing on my calf.

Horrified by the 'silent killer' diagnosis, Paris quits using sunbeds and, now that she's relieved to be all clear, is sharing her ordeal to demonstrate that using them is 'its' not worth it'

paris foot after surgery

Horrified by the ‘silent killer’ diagnosis, Paris quits using sunbeds and, now that she’s relieved to be all clear, is sharing her ordeal to demonstrate that using them is ‘its’ not worth it’. Pictured left to right, couple’s leg before and after surgery

Paris (pictured) visited her GP in June, who referred her to Frimley Park Hospital in Frimley, Surrey.  There, Paris has a biopsy and is devastated to learn she has melanoma.

Paris (pictured) visited her GP in June, who referred her to Frimley Park Hospital in Frimley, Surrey. There, Paris has a biopsy and is devastated to learn she has melanoma.

After surgery to remove freckles on July 20, Paris (pictured) faced a two-week wait until she got her results back on August 3.

Paris said: 'I had it removed in July and two weeks after that I got my results back.  I was a little apprehensive about removing it, but it was better than leaving it.

After surgery to remove freckles on July 20, Paris (pictured) faced a two-week wait until she got her results back on August 3.

‘I was moisturizing my leg and I thought “oh, this looks different, this is a new one”, it was in front of itself.

‘I kept track of it, still used a sunbed for a few weeks with a plaster over it, but then decided I needed to take a look at it.

‘I went to the doctors and they weren’t really worried at all because it was a full circle and not really dark.

‘The dermatologist at the hospital checked me on from head to toe and said it was the only one that looked a little different but she wasn’t really concerned.

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

It is a type of depression that appears in response to the changing seasons. This is commonly known as ‘winter depression’ and is believed to be brought on by long evenings.

What are the symptoms?:

  • a persistent low mood
  • loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities
  • irritability
  • Feelings of hopelessness, guilt, and worthlessness
  • Feeling drowsy (lack of energy) and daytime sleepiness
  • finding it difficult to sleep longer than usual and wake up in the morning
  • Craving Carbohydrates and Weight Gain

The NHS says these symptoms can be more severe in some than in others.

When should I seek treatment?:

Those struggling to cope during the winter are encouraged to speak with their GP, who can conduct a mental health assessment and check-up.

Questions they may ask will include questions about your mood, lifestyle, eating habits, sleeping patterns, and any seasonal changes in thoughts or behavior.

What are the treatments?:

A variety of treatments are available for SAD.

  • Lifestyle measures – including getting as much natural sunlight as possible, exercising regularly, and managing stress
  • Light…

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