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Tanning addict who racked up more than 250 sunbed sessions by the age of 19 in bid to cure her ACNE calls for them to be banned after doctors warned her she risks dying of skin cancer

  • Teenage sunbed addict has been told to stop using them or they will kill her 
  • Nadia Long, 19, said she was 15 when the tanning sessions became a daily habit
  • After receiving stark warning from doctors, she is now calling for a ban on them

A sunbed addict who has had over 250 of the tanning sessions despite being just 19 years old has been told to stop or they could kill her.

Nadia Long first started going on them when she was 15 before it eventually became an almost daily habit.

This is despite it being illegal for under 18s to have sunbeds.

Nadia Long, 19

Nadia Long, 19

Nadia Long (pictured, left and right) has been told to stop her sunbed addiction or it could kill her 

This is despite it being illegal for under 18s to have sunbeds

This is despite it being illegal for under 18s to have sunbeds

She got hooked because she claimed they cleared up her acne.

Worried Nadia now has loads of new moles on her arm and back and has been warned by doctors to ditch her addiction or risk dying.

The personal trainer from Belfast, northern Ireland said: ‘I used sunbeds due to having severe acne.

‘It was a quick fix and they became an addiction because who doesn’t look having a bit of tan and feeling good about yourself.’

Nadia noticed the moles at the end of last year before her worried mum brought her to the doctor.

The GP said it was a ‘serious concern’ and advised her to stop.

Worried Nadia now has loads of new moles on her arm and back

She has been warned by doctors to ditch the addiction

Worried Nadia now has loads of new moles on her arm and back and has been warned by doctors to ditch her addiction or risk dying

The personal trainer from Belfast, northern Ireland said: 'I used sunbeds due to having severe acne'

The personal trainer from Belfast, northern Ireland said: ‘I used sunbeds due to having severe acne’

But stubborn Nadia ignored the advice and proceeded to get another sunbed.

She finally listened to the experts on last Wednesday after an appointment at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

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She described it as ‘the biggest wake-up call ever’ and insisted she will never use a sunbed again.

Shaken Nadia added: ‘They said to me that if I don’t stop sunbeds now then skin cancer is the only thing in my future.

‘And when that is said to you the thought of having a tan makes you want to vomit.

‘It is awful. People don’t realise the effects sunbeds can have on you and what they can do.

‘They are just taking you away from your family. What for a tan? It is definitely not worth it.’

Nadia Long

Nadia Long

She finally listened to the experts on last Wednesday after an appointment at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast

Nadia said the hospital scare ‘shattered’ her and she is now begging young girls to think twice before getting a sunbed.

And her Facebook plea was shared more than a thousand times.

She wrote: ‘Nothing has ever scared me as much there not worth I’m basically killing myself.

‘Anyone who has moles or even has a concern I would advise you to get an appointment as soon as you can from your GP.

‘I hope to god this message gets out and everyone realises how scary sunbeds can be the damage they can cause.

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‘Here’s to tan in a bottle from now and forever more.’

Nadia said the hospital scare 'shattered' her and she is now begging young girls to think twice before getting a sunbed

Nadia said the hospital scare ‘shattered’ her and she is now begging young girls to think twice before getting a sunbed

Nadia Long

Nadia Long

The addict is now remarkably calling for the UK to ban sunbeds because of the health risks

The addict is now remarkably calling for the UK to ban sunbeds because of the health risks.

Nadia has compromised by using a tinted moisturiser and said: ‘I feel really strongly against them now and I have gone from being one of the tannest girls in Belfast to sheet white and not a care in the world.’

Sunbeds are just as dangerous as smoking, according to the World Health Organisation.

They let out harmful UV rays that damage the DNA in skin cells which can lead to malignant melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer.

And this skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK, according to the British Skin Foundation.

More than 2,500 Brits die from the disease each year.

 

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