Khloé Kardashian’s account: ‘I removed a tumour from my face’
She thought it was a pimple, but instead… In an Instagram story, the reality star herself recounted her entire journey from the discovery of skin cancer to the surgery to remove it, emphasising the importance of always undergoing preventive check-ups.
Don’t make the mistake of underestimating skin cancer! Khloé Kardashian‘s experience teaches in this respect. The fashion entrepreneur and reality star recounted her recent experience with what looked like a pimple but turned out to be skin cancer, which was later removed from her face.
The 38-year-old, who was keen to explain to fans why she was recently seen with bandages on her face, shared her experience and also some close-up photos of her face, in a series of posts on Instagram Stories. “I saw several stories around where many of you were wondering why over the past few weeks I was wearing a bandage on my face,” Khloé wrote. “After noticing a small bump on my face and thinking it was something harmless like a pimple, 7 months later – realised it wasn’t disappearing or changing – I decided to have a biopsy.”
At that point the sad discovery: ‘A few days later I was told I had to have an immediate operation to remove a tumour from my face,’ Kardashian continued. “I immediately called Dr Garth Fisher, a close friend of my family and one of the best surgeons in Beverly Hills who I knew would totally take care of my face,” she explained.
So it was, and now the delicate healing process has begun for the entrepreneur. ‘You will continue to see my bandages and when I can do that, you will probably see a scar (and an indentation on my cheek due to the tumour being removed). Until then, I hope you enjoy the way I try to make the bandages on my face look fabulous!”
The Good American brand creator also explained that the only reason she wanted to share her story is so that it could serve as a warning and exhort people to undergo frequent check-ups. Khloé herself also recalled when doctors found a cancerous mole on her back during her teenage years. “When I was 19, I had a melanoma on my back and had surgery to remove it. Basically, I am susceptible to melanomas. But even those who are not should check themselves frequently,’ she pointed out, also pointing out that she is a person who wears sunscreen every single day, religiously, because ‘no one is exempt from these things’.
Skin cancer, what it is and how it manifests itself
Skin cancer is the result of an abnormal growth of cells that usually develops due to exposure to sunlight, particularly UV rays.
The most common skin cancers are basal cell carcinomas, which originate in the deeper layer of the epidermis, and spinocellular carcinomas, which grow from the more superficial cells of the epidermis. In most cases these are tumours that evolve slowly and rarely give rise to metastases. Then there are melanomas, which are less frequent (they account for less than 5 per cent of all skin cancers) but much more dangerous. This is why it is even more important to recognise them early on before they spread in the body.
In Italy in 2020, according to estimates reported on the website of the Italian Association for Cancer Research, about 14,900 new diagnoses of melanoma of the skin were estimated: 8,100 among men and 6,700 among women. It is the third most frequent cancer in both sexes under the age of 50 (Airtum data 2021).
The signs to watch out for at all times
The important thing is to periodically check the surface of your skin yourself or with the help of another person, who can also check those areas that you are unable to see for yourself.
Keep an eye on and report to your doctor the appearance of any new skin lesions that persist over time, including small swellings, nodules or ulcers, especially in sun-exposed areas, as these could be skin carcinomas.
To recognise a melanoma instead, dermatologists recommend keeping in mind the so-called ABCDE rule, letters that help to remember the characteristics that make a mole or new skin spot suspicious: Asymmetry of the spot, Irregular border, Very dark or variable colour, Larger diameter than common moles, Evolution whereby the lesion tends to change its shape, colour or surface over time. It is also important to consult a specialist if a mole bleeds spontaneously, as well as if it is reddened, it itches or burns, or if its surface appearance changes from smooth to rough.