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A model who uses sunbeds twice has warned people by sharing her surgery pictures; 'It doesn't matter how pale I am, it's fake tan all the way now'.

Byline: Angie Quinn

We all love the feel of the sun on our skin.

In fact us Brits are well known sun seekers and don't think twice about laying outside to catch those sun rays or lay under a sunbed in hope to give our skin a glow.

But the truth of the matter is it's dangerous and sunbeds are renowned for giving users health issues.

One model who used the UV tanning equipment up to twice a week warns people about the dangers of skin cancer after having surgery to remove potentially dangerous moles.

Ella Ravenscroft has been left with multiple scars after going under the knife to remove moles that changed shape and colour following a two-year tanning regime.

The 21-year-old model, who was crowned Miss Teen Galaxy England in 2016, had two moles cut out of her stomach, before going back to hospital to remove two more weeks later, reportsManchester Evening News.

Ella, from Salford, is urging people to be aware of the risks of sunbeds and skin cancer.

"I cried when the doctor told me," she said.

"I wasn't scared about having them removed, but I was terrified of being left with scars.

"I'd just signed for the agency so I was really upset in case it affected anything.

"But I realised if I didn't have them taken off I could end up with skin cancer.

"It hit me then how dangerous sunbeds were."

Ella had been using sunbeds once or twice a week for two years, spending around 12 minutes under UV lights.

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It wasn't until her mum pointed out that two small moles on her stomach had grown that she realised something was wrong.

She added: "I'm covered in moles, and I had two really tiny ones on my tummy, below my belly button.

"They never really bothered me, but a few weeks ago I got out of the shower and my mum said she was concerned because they looked a lot bigger than usual.

"She wanted me to get them checked out, but I didn't think it was anything to worry about, so I left it.

"But it stuck in my mind and I found myself looking online at changes to moles and what it could mean.

"I was looking through the photos and saw one that looked just like mine. That's what made me go to the GP."

Determined to raise awareness of the dangers of sunbeds, eyebrow technician Ella shared a photo on Facebook showing her body before and after her moles were removed.

The post read: "You don't think something as little as a mole could cause skin cancer.

"If your moles feel itchy or grow make sure to get them checked out. It's better to be safe than sorry."

Ella said her sunbed days are long behind her - and intends to stick to fake tan from now on.

"Never again, it's not worth it," she added.

"It doesn't matter how pale I am, it's fake tan all the way."

Studies show that using a sunbed can increase the risk of melanoma, a serious and aggressive form of skin cancer, by 16 to 20 per cent.

While most moles are benign - non-cancerous - any changes in colour, shape or texture could be an early sign of melanoma.

Almost all of us have them, yet most of us have no idea how to tell if there might be something wrong with them.

But you see moles have a habit of letting us know when there's a problem -- be it a change in colour or size -- and knowing to look out for these changes could save your life.

According to the NHS, moles are small coloured spots on the skin made up of cells called melanocytes, which produce the colour (pigment) in your skin.

The scientific name for moles is melanocytic naevi.

Almost all of us have them, yet most of us have no idea how to tell if there might be something wrong with them.

But you see moles have a habit of letting us know when there's a problem -- be it a change in colour or size -- and knowing to look out for these changes could save your life.

While most moles are benign (non-cancerous), in rare cases they can develop into melanoma and changes to a mole can be an early indication of this.

That's why Cancer Research UK say it is crucial people get to know their skin, and because of this we came up with everything you need to know about what to look out for.

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Moles are often a brownish colour, although some may be darker or skin-coloured. They can be flat or raised, smooth or rough, and some have hair growing from them.

They often change in number and appearance -- some fade away over time, often without you realising. They also sometimes respond to hormonal changes, for example during pregnancy they can go slightly darker.

While it's what's normal for you that counts, darkening is one possible sign that a mole is becoming cancerous and could be a melanoma, so if you see this happening you should show your doctor immediately.

Moles are usually circular or oval with a smooth edge.

Again it's what's normal for you that counts but you should see your doctor if you notice a mole is changing shape, or if it has an uneven or ragged edge.

The chances are it won't be anything to worry about, but if it is, getting treatment started before it has time to spread to other parts of the body can make a big difference.

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If you notice any unusual changes to your skin, such as a mole or growth that bleeds, oozes, crusts or scabs, it's important to get it checked out.

Sometimes moles can catch on things, such as jewellery, and become uncomfortable, and people may choose to have them removed because of this, but it can cost.

Surgeons also carry out procedures known as 'shave excisions', where they shave the mole off so that it is level with your skin.

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The wound may then be closed with heat during a process called cauterisation.

Inflammation is another sign that a mole may be developing into a melanoma and needs to be checked out by a doctor.

It's important that you get to know what your skin normally looks like, so you're more likely to notice anything that's unusual for you -- whether it's a change to a mole, freckle or normal patch of skin, a new mole, or a mole that doesn't look like the others.

Most moles only have one or two colours, but melanomas have lots of different shades so if you spot uneven colouring this could be a sign and should visit a doctor.

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Ella Ravenscroft had to undergo surgery to remove moles

Ella Ravenscroft

Model Ella Ravenscroft, 21,is warning people against the use of sunbeds. She has had to have several moles cut off because the beds caused them to 'change'.

One of Ella's scars

Ella Ravenscroft shared a picture of a scar

Ella has shared a serious warning about the use of sunbeds
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