Ali Fedotowsky has an important message for social media.
On Thursday on Instagram, the former star of “The Bachelorette” revealed she was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer.
“A couple weeks ago I found out I have skin cancer,” the reality TV star wrote. “When my dermatologist used the c-word, I just about fainted in his office.”
According to “Epidemiology and Economic Burden of Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer,” a report published in “Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer of the Head and Neck,” BBC “grows slowly and is rarely fatal.” However, “if it is not detected early, it can damage the surrounding tissue and bones.”
Given this, the reality TV star urged her followers to “get your skin checked” to prevent any potential ailments from getting worse.
“You probably know someone who has [BCC]. So it’s no big deal. But what IS a big deal is not treating it and treating it early. That is why going to a dermatologist and getting your skin checked every year is SO important (I now go every 3/6 months),” the entertainment journalist wrote.
She added, “The VERY first thing I did when I got diagnosed was text my family on a group text urging them all to get their skin checked. So I’m doing the same for all of you, my extended family, right here and right now. I’m lucky it wasn’t melanoma. And I’m lucky that I caught it early. Moving forward I plan on making it a priority of mine to use the best natural products on my skin and be rigorous about applying sunscreen and reminding all of you to do the same! I love you guys! Take care of yourselves!”
Additionally, the 35-year-old posted photos of her stomach, featuring the mole in question, and the resulting scar after the blemish was biopsied.
Fedotowsky also revealed she had potentially cancerous skin above her belly button removed six months ago.