'I lost an ear to my tanning addiction'
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'I lost my left ear to my tanning addiction'

A woman who had her left ear amputated after developing skin cancer says she hopes others will learn from her mistakes.

Anthea Smith, 44, from Bolton, told the BBC's Staffordshire reporter Laura Mcmullan, herself a former tanning addict who developed melanoma, that she didn't realise the dangers.

The cancer charity, Melanoma UK, is calling for a ban on sunbeds.

According to Cancer Research UK, melanoma skin cancer incidence rates have more than doubled in the UK since the early-1990s. There are about 16,000 new melanoma skin cancer cases in the UK every year.

Animation by Tern TV

See this story in full on BBC Inside Out West Midlands at 19:30 GMT on BBC One on Monday 17 February, or via iPlayer for 30 days afterwards.

  • 17 Feb 2020
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