Khloé Kardashian opened up about a skin cancer scare that she went through several years ago, in a new post on her website. The reality star, 32, shared her story in hopes that it would encourage others to get their skin checked regularly.
“I have moles everywhere, and a couple years ago, I noticed one growing under my breast,” she wrote on Tuesday, August 16. "I immediately looked it up online and found out that if a mole is growing and changing shape, you should go to the doctor — so I did.”
"They took they whole thing out and they biopsied it. Thankfully, it was benign,” she continued. "I’ve gone through this process a couple of times and I am so grateful that most moles have not been cancerous.”
Although most of the check-ups have been no big deal, there was one experience in particular that was frightening for the Strong Looks Better Naked author. “There was one mole I had on my back that was skin cancer. I had 8 inches of skin removed,” she wrote. "It was definitely painful because it was a lot of skin, but most of the time, the removals haven’t been that bad.”
She also posted an image titled “Know Your ABCDEs” to point out what to look for when checking your skin for irregularities.
“Now that I’ve gone through this a couple of times, I am extra aware of my skin, body and moles,” she penned. “I haven’t had a problem in years, but wanted to share my experience with you so that if you notice something doesn’t look right, you will take action and take care of your health!”
Kardashian has previously revealed that she uses sunscreen daily to keep her skin safe. “I also wear sunscreen every day, especially on my hands. Hands are always out in the sun, so they age the most,” she wrote on her app last month. “I keep extra sunscreen in the glove boxes of all of my cars in case I forget. When the sun hits my hands while I’m driving, it reminds me to slather more on!!!”
According to the CDC, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S., and the American Cancer Society notes that more than 5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancers are diagnosed each year.
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