Mum who was says she was tan shamed left in tears after doctors appointment

A mum said she was left in tears after visiting a doctor.

Tracey Morgan, 44, was told by the NHS doctor that her tanning addiction had left her at serious risk of skin cancer.

The mum-of-six from Belfast used sunbeds for more than 40 years, according to Liverpool Echo.

In the height of her tanning addiction, she would visit three tanning shops in a single day.

Tracey appeared on BBC programme Tanorama, which explored the dangers of tanning by following two women who were self-declared "addicts".

Speaking on the programme, she said: "I started tanning when I was 18 or 19. I'm naturally very pale so I just like a bit of colour about me. I like a bit of a glow.

"There's times when I would go a bit heavy and be a lot darker and I've been a bit tan shamed a couple of times in front of the mirror.

"I have seen photographs of me before and thought "uhh". It was just ridiculous but at the time I didn't think I was that dark."

Tracey described how she would visit multiple tanning shops in a single day to try and achieve the 'perfect glow'.

She added: "I've been known to go out on a Saturday night and have two or three sunbeds in different shops on the same day. It's not recommended because you just roast. Absolutely roast.

"It becomes an addiction, but it's a nice addiction. I don't smoke, I don't drink, so I enjoy a sunbed."

Tracey turned her "sunbed addiction" into a career – leaving her job in the care sector to become the manager of her local tanning shop.

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However, at the end of the episode she was left in tears when a doctor told her she had 33 questionable moles – two of which needed to be removed as soon as possible.

She was filmed lying on the bed in the surgery crying while the doctor told her it was "never too late" to stop tanning for her own safety.

Realising how decades of tanning had impacted her health, Tracey said: "You don't think it's going to happen to you, you don't think you're going to have a problem until you're faced with it."

You can watch Tanorama on BBC iPlayer now.

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