Molly-Mae Hague reveals shock diagnosis after mole removal

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Molly-Mae Hague was diagnosed with shock after removing a potentially cancerous mole from her leg last month.

The Love Island star, 21, shared a disturbing post in her Instagram Stories Thursday afternoon and while she couldn’t reveal exactly what doctors had found just yet, she said she had to undergo another surgery.

She wrote: “So about three weeks ago now I was informed that a mole I had on my leg needed to be removed. I had the procedure done within a few days.

“I never thought this would happen to me at age 21”: Molly-Mae Hague reveals shock diagnosis after removing mole from her leg as she says she now needs to have another surgery

Worrisome: Molly-Mae shared this update on social media Thursday afternoon, telling fans her results were 'not what I expected'

Worrisome: Molly-Mae shared this update on social media Thursday afternoon, telling fans her results were ‘not what I expected’

“Last week I received my results and it’s safe to say they weren’t at all what I expected.

“I tried to process the information I received while being very busy with my work and it was not easy.

“I am still not able to give my full diagnosis until my new surgery has taken place and I have received these results, but for now I am just trying to stay positive. “

Scary: The Love Island star previously took to Instagram Stories to share a photo of her scar after the procedure, after getting the opinion of several doctors on the mole.

Scary: The Love Island star previously took to Instagram Stories to share a photo of her scar after the procedure, after getting the opinion of several doctors on the mole.

She continued: I never thought at 21 that something like this would happen to me and it’s very scary but all I know is I absolutely need to share my story and what I cross to raise awareness of my situation.

“I will keep you all informed as much as possible, I have already received so many lovely messages from you and I appreciate it so much.

“Your health has to come first and I know this is something some of my followers may have been through… I would love to hear from you.

Last month, Molly-Mae shared a photo of her bandaged scar, explaining that she decided to have it removed after getting advice from several doctors that she could become cancerous.

She tearfully recalled her fear of cancer after seeing a doctor three times to have her mole checked, but reassured fans around the time it was found to be non-cancerous.

Molly-Mae shared a snap from the bandage on her leg, writing, “So that’s what I did today…

“Some of you may remember that I mentioned the mole that was here a few weeks ago in my story.

“I’m not going to go into too much detail until I have my results next week, but it just shows how important it is to get the opinions of different doctors.

“So relieved to have disappeared, I’ll keep you all posted.” I just need to share this because I cannot stress enough how important this situation is.

Scary: Molly had fans about her recent fear of cancer after noticing the mole on her calf, but she believed the mole turned out not to be cancerous

Scary: Molly had fans about her recent fear of cancer after noticing the mole on her calf, but she believed the mole turned out not to be cancerous

In the post, Molly-Mae also included a snapshot of the original mole on her leg to show the true extent of the procedure.

Three weeks earlier, the star tearfully spoke to fans about her recent fear of cancer after noticing the mole on her calf.

Molly-Mae added that it was her mother Debbie who first noticed the mole while she was in the Love Island villa, before begging her fans to have any unusual markings checked.

In a series of videos she posted to Instagram Stories, Molly-Mae admitted she was moved to tears after watching a segment of Stand Up To Cancer on Emily Hayward.

Emily died in June 2018 after being diagnosed with skin cancer seven years earlier when she was just 17, and documented her battle with the disease on a YouTube channel.

Support System: Molly-Mae and her boyfriend Tommy Fury appeared on Love Island: What Happened Next this week

Support System: Molly-Mae and her boyfriend Tommy Fury appeared on Love Island: What Happened Next this week

Molly-Mae then told her followers she found a similar mole on her calf when she was in the Love Island villa last year.

She explained, “And I actually found a mole on the back of my calf about a year ago and had it checked out, obviously I’m so blessed that mine isn’t cancerous, but it upset me so much that like ” what does she do to deserve this? Who deserves this? “

“It’s just the worst thing in the world. It is simply a matter of understanding, for the families who have to live it, how difficult it must be for the people who really suffer from cancer. It broke my heart watching this.

Molly-Mae urged her supporters to have any unusual moles checked and shared a snap of the one she noticed on her calf.

She said, “Get your moles checked !!! It is so incredibly important. I’ve had this checked three times now by different consultants, just to be sure.

“It just appeared out of nowhere to me and my mom noticed it when I was on Love Island watching me on TV…”

MELANOMA IS THE MOST DANGEROUS FORM OF SKIN CANCER

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. It happens after the DNA in skin cells is damaged (usually from harmful UV rays) and then not repaired, which triggers mutations that can form malignant tumors.

Around 15,900 new cases occur in the UK each year, and 2,285 Britons die from the disease in 2016, according to statistics from Cancer Research UK.

The causes

  • Sun exposure: UV and UVB rays from the sun and tanning beds are harmful to the skin
  • Moles: the more moles you have, the greater the risk of developing melanoma
  • Skin type: lighter skin has a higher risk of developing melanoma
  • Hair color: red heads are more at risk than others
  • Personal history: if you have had melanoma before, you are more likely to get it again
  • Family history: if previous parents have been diagnosed, it increases your risk

Treatment

This can be done by removing the entire section of the tumor or by the surgeon removing the skin layer by layer. When a surgeon removes it layer by layer, it helps it determine exactly where the cancer is stopping so that you don’t have to remove more skin than necessary.

The patient may decide to use a skin graft if the surgery has left a discoloration or withdrawal.

  • Immunotherapy, radiotherapy or chemotherapy:

This is necessary if the cancer reaches stage III or IV. This means that cancer cells have spread to lymph nodes or other organs in the body.

Prevention

  • Use sunscreen and don’t burn
  • Avoid sunbathing outside and in beds
  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going out
  • Protect newborns from the sun
  • Examine your skin every month
  • See your doctor every year for a skin exam

Source: Skin Cancer Foundation et American Cancer Society

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