Molly-Mae Hague reveals she has a cancerous mole

Catriona Harvey-Jenner
·4-min read
Photo credit: YouTube
Photo credit: YouTube

From Cosmopolitan

Molly-Mae Hague has revealed in a YouTube video that she was told a concerning mole she had removed from her leg was in fact skin cancer. In September, the 21-year-old Love Island star shared that she had undergone surgery to get the mole removed, and urged her followers to seek out different doctors' opinions.

Filming herself on a work trip in Venice 12 days after her operation, Molly-Mae recorded a phone conversation with her doctor, in which he delivered the news that the mole was a malignant melanoma, meaning it was cancerous. "The consensus is that this is a melanoma, and we probably need to do a little bit more surgery for you," he said down the phone. The reason for further surgery was because the mole was originally removed "with a margin that we don't consider adequate for a melanoma." Essentially, surgeons wanted to cut more away just in case there was any cancer remaining in the surrounding tissue.

Speaking to the camera in a later clip, Molly-Mae said she found the diagnosis "petrifying". "I don't even know what to really think or say. I had a feeling. I just had a feeling, and I cannot believe that I was told by other doctors that it was okay," she shared.

Molly-Mae has previously explained that she saw two doctors in relation to her mole, who both reassured her it was fine. In an unrelated appointment with a third medic, the social media star asked her to have a look at the mole, and she was the one who ultimately referred her on for surgery.

"I'm so upset and angry. I was walking round with skin cancer on my leg, and if I hadn't have asked [a third doctor] I'd still have that mole on my leg now and I'd be none the wiser. It could be spreading all the way through my body," said Molly-Mae.

Molly-Mae's surgery was all scheduled and set to go ahead, however 10 days later she received another call from her surgeon. Explaining in her vlog how there had been a u-turn, Molly-Mae said doctors no longer wanted to do the surgery because another assessment of the mole suggested it may not actually be malignant. "I'm really, really confused," she told the camera, adding that she had been "psyching herself up" for her next procedure.

Photo credit: YouTube
Photo credit: YouTube

The Love Island star's mole has now been sent off for further tests in the US, and in the most recent update - filmed yesterday, on the first day of lockdown - she told her fans that she still hasn't heard anything either way. Thankfully, she's managed to remain calm about the situation. "I'm feeling really chilled about it. What will be will be," Molly-Mae said.

Urging her followers to make their health a priority, Molly-Mae signed off the video by saying: "The main message that you need to take away from this vlog is that you need to get your moles checked. Go and get your moles checked because if I hadn't, I could be in serious trouble.

"Don't ever think that it'll be someone else's story because that's what I did."

How can you tell if a mole could be cancerous?

Speaking to Cosmpolitan previously, 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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