Janelle Brown is opening up about her recent skin cancer diagnosis.
This week on Instagram, the “Sister Wives” star revealed she underwent a procedure to remove a spot above her lip that was a non-malignant form of skin cancer.
In her post, the TLC personality said fans began messaging her about the blemish above her lip, which she initially believed was a new cold sore forming.
However, the scar “never developed [into a cold sore] and just stayed” and eventually increased in size the next year.
“I started treating it with every scar medication I could find, thinking it was my body reacting to the years of trauma to that area of my face,” she wrote.
After booking a doctor’s appointment, the 51-year-old was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma and had the spot biopsied.
“I am happy to report that it was removed and all is well.”
Though she is usually “very careful” about her skin and often applies sunscreen, as she burns easily, Brown was convinced that “this place on my face just looked like scar tissue.”
“Because I had cold sores there since my early 20s - it honestly did not occur to me to have it even looked at.”
By sharing her story, Brown hopes to encourage others to take care of their skin and to get regular checkups.
“I hope this share will be helpful to some. I am sharing to say that, even if it seems like it couldn’t be skin cancer, it doesn’t hurt to have your doctor look at it.”
Brown, who is in a plural marriage to husband Kody Brown and her three sister wives — Christine, Meri, and Robyn — has been featured on the TLC series since 2010.