Khloe Kardashian opened up about her battle with skin cancer in a new blog post on Tuesday. The reality TV star revealed that she had a scary encounter with a mole that turned out to be cancerous, and she used her own personal experience to inform her fans of the warning signs.
The 32-year-old Keeping Up with the Kardashians star published the blog on her app and website and turned her own experience into a cautionary tale about the dangers of moles, People reported. The post served as a sort of PSA to her followers, and Kardashian urged her readers to be more vigilant and take extra care when it comes to their skin.
“I’m writing this post with the hope that my story can get some of you in to see your doctor if you notice something wrong with your skin,” Khloe explained in the post, via Perez Hilton.
Talking about my skin cancer scare on the app today. https://t.co/aVGdWNBM8e— Khloé (@khloekardashian) August 16, 2016
Kardashian shared her experience with a cancerous mole that doctors found on her back when she was 22-years-old, Extra reported.
“I’ve gone through this process a couple of times and I am so grateful that most moles have not been cancerous. However, there was one mole I had on my back that was skin cancer,” she wrote in the post titled “My Skin Cancer Scare.”
“I had 8 inches of skin removed. It was definitely painful because it was a lot of skin, but most of the time, the removals haven’t been that bad. 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!”
She went on to explain that since she has “moles everywhere,” the experience inspired her to be more aware of her skin. Although she hasn’t had found any other cancerous moles since then, she did find a new mole growing underneath her breast that caused another scare a few years ago. But doctors worked quickly, removing the mole, and after performing a biopsy, the results revealed that the growth was benign.
“I urge you to check yourself frequently!” Kardashian wrote.
Khloe also shared important information with her readers about the “ABCDEs of Skin Cancer,” including a chart to help others identify moles that might be irregular or atypical. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, a non-benign mole is usually asymmetrical, has an uneven border, has a variety of colors, and is larger in diameter than an eraser on a pencil. A cancerous mole also evolves in shape, size, and color over time.
And while the youngest Kardashian sister revealed that she takes extra care to keep on top of her skin cancer signs, Khloe wasn’t very susceptible to joining the rest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan in taking the BRCA test.
In an episode of the family’s hit E! reality TV series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, that aired earlier this year, momager Kris Jenner blasted her daughter for not wanting to participate in the DNA test that would analyze whether she had mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Women with mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are more at risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer, but Khloe told her mother that she didn’t care about whether she might develop breast cancer in the future.
“I don’t really care. Fact: I’m going to die. You’re going to die. We’re all going to die,” Khloe told Jenner harshly.
But in the end, Khloe caved and went through with the testing, which was done by Botched star Dr. Paul Nassif, Us Weekly reported. Thankfully, all of the Kardashian-Jenner ladies tested negative for the gene.
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