Model slammed for irresponsible sunbathing snaps weeks after skin cancer scare

We are often told to look out for the signs of skin cancer and to be careful in the sunshine.

When the weather is warm we should protect our skin and always apply cream.

Perhaps that's why people have been left a little unsettled by one influencer's recent actions.

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It was only weeks ago that Tammy Hembrow had melanoma removed, but she recently shared pictures of herself sunbathing.

Back in June the fitness star confirmed "quite a big chunk" was removed from the back of her leg after she discovered a "little freckle" turned out to be a deadly form of skin cancer.

This is why people were left surprised when she shared snaps of herself wearing swimwear while enjoying some time in the sun – and you could see the bandage covering her wound.

One person commented: "OMG, YOU just had a melanoma removed and are sunbathing."

Another wrote: "You’re another type of thick if you’re sunbathing after just having a melanoma removed."

Meanwhile, a third said: "Why are you sunbathing when you just had a cancer scare? Seems irresponsible and honestly downright dumb."

The mum-of-three left her followers in shock when she told them about the melanoma.

At the time she admitted she had cancelled lots of check-in appointments because she was "busy".

Speaking in a video at the time, Tammy said: "This is your sign to go get your skin checked.

"I finally went and there was a new little freckle on the back of my leg."

Even though she didn't think much of it at first, she said her doctor thought it looked a bit "suss".

She later discovered it was melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer.

"I went back this morning and [the doctor] had to take a big chunk out of my leg," continued Tammy.

"I’ve got about 30 stitches, and now I have to go back every three months for a full skin check to make sure that it isn’t coming back."

She admitted she was "super lucky" doctors were able to remove it and help her spot the cancer when they did.

Tammy added: "As you know, I’m in the sun all the time. I go to the beach all the time.

"I haven’t been the most diligent person when it comes to wearing sunscreen and things like that.

"To be honest, I feel like an idiot because it’s just one of those things you don’t think will happen to you until it does."

She said the entire situation was a "wake-up call" and advised people not to think they're "invincible".

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