Khloe Kardashian recently dealt with a melanoma scare after a bump she initially took for a pimple proved to be more worrying.
The area of concern was a small bump/mole on her cheek, which hadn’t cleared up for several months – hence the bandages that Twitter Detectives deemed worrying.
Kardashian took to her Instagram stories to remind everyone to get checked:
“PS I am ONLY sharing this story with you so I can remind everyone to get checked, and frequently.
At 19 years old, I had melanoma on my back, and I had a surgery to remove that as well, so I am pre-composed to melanomas. Even those who are not, we should be checking all the time.
I am someone who wears sunscreen every single day, religiously so no one is exempt from these things. Please take this seriously and do regular self-exams as well as your annual checkups.”
Her bump was revealed to be a tumor that needed to be removed immediately according to Page Six.
She added that she’s currently in the healing phase post-surgery before commenting that she hopes everyone enjoys how fabulous she’s making her face bandages look in jest.
According to the National Cancer Reigstry, 22 712 South Africans were diagnosed with “the most common skin cancers” and 2 166 were diagnosed with melanoma in 2019.
It’s also ranked as the 6th most prevalent cancer among women in our country which is 1 in 266 women.
Can melanoma be prevented? While experts agree that there isn’t a blueprint method for prevention, there are several things you can do to prevent the risk:
Using sunscreen daily, seeking shade when you’re outdoors and avoiding UV ray exposure and avoiding tanning beds are just a few according to the American Cancer Society.
However, it’s always beneficial to check with your doctor to determine whether you’re predisposed to skin cancers. Moreover, always take suspicious spots on your skin seriously.
Feature Image: @khloekardashian/Instagram