Molly-Mae Hague has revealed on Instagram that she underwent an operation yesterday to remove a concerning mole on her leg over fears about skin cancer. Sharing a photograph of her new scar, the 21-year-old Love Island star posted an update with her followers and urged the importance of asking for a second opinion where your healthcare is concerned, if you're still worried.
"So this is what I've been up to today... Some of you may remember me talking about the mole that was here a few weeks ago on my story," wrote Molly-Mae. "Not going to go into too much detail until I have my results back next week but this just goes to show how important getting different doctors' opinions is," she added.
Earlier this month, the influencer posted a video on social media in which she was tearful after watching a Stand Up To Cancer programme that featured a young woman who had skin cancer. The story hit close to home for Molly-Mae, who went on to reveal at the time that she had her own fears about skin cancer, following concerns about the mole.
"I actually found a mole at the back of my calf about a year or so ago," she shared. "I had it checked out and I’m so blessed that mine wasn’t cancerous but it just made me so upset – what did she do to deserve that? Who deserves that?"
Now, however, it seems that Molly-Mae persevered with an alternative medical opinion, after noticing that the mole had changed. "So relieved to have it gone, I'll keep you all updated," she posted yesterday, following the surgery. "I just need to share this because I can't stress the important of this situation enough," she added.
Molly-Mae is now in the process of waiting for biopsy results on the removed mole, to discover whether or not it was cancerous.
Speaking to Cosmpolitan, Claire Crilly, Skin Cancer Screening Specialist at The MOLE Clinic, explained that "any new or changing moles should be seen by a skin cancer specialist.
"Moles are like a family, there should always be another mole that looks similar," she said. "If you have a mole on its own and looks as if it does not fit on your body, seek professional guidance from a skin cancer specialist."
The bet guidance to follow for self-monitoring moles (which should be done every three months) is to use the ‘ABCDE’ technique:
- A) Asymmetry: Look for moles that are asymmetrical in shape, where one half of the mole is unlike the other
- B) Irregular Border: Does the mole have an irregular border? Is it scalloped, jagged or poorly defined?
- C) Irregular Colour: Is the colour of the mole different from one area to another or does it have different shades of tan, brown or black?
- D) Diameter: Check the diameter of the mole to see if it is bigger than 6mm (about the size of the end of a pencil)
- E) Evolution: Is the mole evolving or changing size, shape or colour?
For more information, take a look at our 'Panicker's guide to moles and skin cancer' here. If you're concerned about a mole, make sure you seek medical advice.
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