AceShowbiz - Ali Fedotowsky is battling skin cancer. On Thursday, January 23, the Season 6 star of "The Bachelorette" made use of her Instagram account to break the news that she has been diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma and will be undergoing surgery to treat the disease.
"GET YOUR SKIN CHECKED," the 35-year-old began her lengthy message. "A couple weeks ago I found out I have skin cancer. When my dermatologist used the c-word, I just about fainted in his office. Thankfully, the type of skin cancer I have is rarely fatal and really never fatal when you catch it early. It's called Basal cell carcinoma."
Along with photos of the cancerous mole, the reality star continued, "Swipe to the third pic to see what my mole looked like before I got the biopsy done (so you know what to look for). It's on the left side of my body. The scar right above my belly button is from when I had cells/skin that may be cancerous removed six months ago. Needless to say, i'm never exposing my stomach to sun without sunscreen again!"
Fedotowsky went on to assure fans that basal cell carcinoma is "the most common skin cancer". She added, "You probably know someone who has it. 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 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," the mother of two spilled. "I'm lucky it wasn't melanoma. And I'm lucky that I caught it early."
The wife of Kevin Manno went on to vow, "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!"
A short while latter, Fedotowsky offered an update on how she will deal with her carcinoma. In the comment section of her post, she wrote, "I'll keep you guys posted. I have a minor surgery to have it removed on January 30th."