Khloé Kardashian has updated the world on her progress after having a cancerous tumor surgically removed from her face.
In the comments of her latest Instagram post, the 38-year-old reality TV star replied to a concerned message from one of her 295 million followers, who was wondering “what the heck” was on her face. The photo was a selfie of Khloé at the gym wearing a white cami — and a skin-toned bandage on the left side of her jaw.
“A 🩹,” she wrote. “I had a tumor removed from my face, but I’m totally OK. Thank you for asking.”
In a separate comment, she clarified that the surgery happened “a few months ago,” and she wears the bandage — actually called a scar strip — “for healing and the prevention of my scar getting worse.”
“All is great and healing wonderfully,” she added.
As People reported, the Kardashians star first opened up about her skin cancer scare in a series of Instagram Stories from last October. Earlier in 2022, she noticed “a small bump” on the side of her face. She figured it was a zit, but when it didn’t budge after seven months, she decided to get it biopsied by two different doctors.
“A few days later I was told I need to have an immediate operation to remove a tumor from my face,” she continued. “I called none other than Dr. Garth Fisher, a dear friend of my family, and one of the best surgeons in Beverly Hills who I knew would take incredible care of my face.”
Luckily, Dr. Fischer was able to remove the entire tumor, and Kardashian is now onto the healing process. “You’ll continue to see my bandages and when I’m allowed, you’ll probably see a scar (and an indentation in my cheek from the tumor being removed) but until then I hope you enjoy how fabulous I’m making these face bandages look,” she added.
The Good American founder also revealed that she had a melanoma removed from her back when she was 19. According to the National Cancer Institute, this form of skin cancer is rare and more aggressive than nonmelanoma cancers.
Kardashian isn’t alone: Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. This disease disproportionately affects certain high-risk groups, including people with lighter skin, skin that burns or freckles easily, a family history of skin cancer, or a personal history of skin cancer.
The good news? Skin cancer is highly treatable, especially if it is detected early. Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, the two most common forms of skin cancer, rarely spread to other parts of the body, so most cases are curable.
If you’ve spotted a concerning lump, bump, or mole on your body, consider this a sign to head to your dermatologist for an expert opinion. You can never be too safe.
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