Reality-TV star Ariana Madix, 34, is celebrating the year anniversary of her surgery for skin cancer with an up-close-and-personal video on Instagram of her hospital stay. She also had a few things to say, most importantly, if you’re even the slightest concerned about a new mole, don’t hesitate to go to the doctor.
As Madix put it: “Moral of the story: if you’re unsure of something on your body, GET CHECKED and then GET CHECKED AGAIN!”Read More
“I’ve been debating posting this for so long but whatever! I’m doing it,” Madix wrote in an Instagram post alongside a video of herself in a hospital bed before surgery. “Officially the spookiest thing I’ve ever experienced!”
The video was taken by Madix’s longtime boyfriend and Vanderpump bartender Tom Sandoval.
Madix had surgery for her skin cancer about a year ago. She was diagnosed in 2018 after finally getting a mole checked that she’d been wondering about for years.
“I wasn’t able to celebrate my favorite holiday bc I had just undergone surgery for melanoma,” she continues in the post. “Being told that cancer was living rent free on my body for years was scarier than any 80s slasher movie.”
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i’ve been debating posting this for so long but whatever! i’m doing it. officially the spookiest thing i’ve ever experienced! a year ago, i wasnt able to celebrate my favorite holiday bc i had just undergone surgery for melanoma. being told that cancer was living rent free on my body for years was scarier than any 80s slasher movie. thankfully, i had an amazing doctor, the amazing @tomsandoval1 to take care of me, and (as you can see) the @kimpetras #TOTL album to keep me positive! moral of the story: if you’re unsure of something on your body, GET CHECKED and then GET CHECKED AGAIN! #wooahhh #fuckcancer #spookyseason ps- insurance BLOWS. #cancerfree
She also talked about how much she loved her doctor, and said that the “Hear to Break” singer Kim Petra got her through the tough times.
Because Madix’s cancerous mole was close to a lymph node, she explained to Entertainment Tonight after her treatment, “I had to go for a real surgery. And have a giant chunk [removed]. I have a scar I can show you, it’s pretty gnarly — and then I have one [scar] down here in my underarm area.”
She also said she gets her moles checked every six months to “make sure I’m on top of everything.”
Getting Moles Checked
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. If you find a new mole or skin growth, or if you notice a change in an existing mole, you should get it checked out. Dr. Cecilia Larocca, a dermatologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, explains that melanoma is often thought of as cancer of the mole, but it doesn’t always appear as one. Melanoma is a cancer of the pigment-producing cells, which are found throughout your body.
Dr. Cecilia Larocca, a dermatologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute on what to look for when you look at moles on your skin
According to Dr. Larocca, there’s a an easy way to check if a mole needs further evaluation. It’s called the ABCDE rule:
A: Asymmetry of the mole, or when one half of the mole doesn’t match the other
B: Border irregularity or Bleeding
C: Color change either lightening or darkening of a mole
D: Diameter greater than 6mm or enlarging moles
E: Evolving size, shape or color.