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Molly-Mae Hague Reveals She Needs Further Surgery After Having a Mole Removed

Women's Health UK logo Women's Health UK 15/10/2020 Claudia Canavan
a close up of a woman: 'I received my results back and it's safe to say they were not at all what I was expecting' © Ricky Vigil M - Getty Images 'I received my results back and it's safe to say they were not at all what I was expecting'

Love Island star Molly-Mae Hague has revealed that she is awaiting a diagnosis after having a potentially cancerous mole removed – and receiving results back that were 'not at all what I was expecting.'

The 21-year-old shared an Instagram story on Thursday afternoon, in which she gave her followers the details of her procedure.

'So about three weeks ago now I was advised that a mole I had on my leg needed removing. I had the procedure done within a few days. Last week I received my results back and it's safe to say they were not at all what I was expecting,' the reality star wrote.

'I've been trying to process the information I received whilst being super busy with work and it's not been easy. I never thought at 21 something like this would happen to me and it's very scary but all I know is that I absolutely need to share my story and what I'm going through to raise awareness of my situation. I'm still not able to give my full diagnosis until my further surgery has taken place and I've received those results but for now I'm just trying to stay positive.'

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'I'll keep you all updated as much as I can, I've already received so many lovely messages from you guys and I appreciate it so much.

'Your health must come first and I know this is something that some of my followers may have already gone through.... I'd love to hear from you guys.'

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While Molly-Mae has not said anything about skin cancer right now, the reason that getting your moles checked out is that they can be a sign of the disease.

According to the British Skin Foundation, at least 100,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed every year in the UK and the condition kills (the equivalent of) seven people daily.

When it comes to your skin, moles are formed when the skin cells that produce skin pigmentation cluster together. How many you have depends not only on sun exposure, but also genetics. 'Some families are more "moley" than others,' says Martina Prokopicova, screening nurse at The MOLE Clinic. 'Generally, the more moles you have, the more at risk you are of having a melanoma – the least common but most serious form of skin cancer. Statistically, women are more prone to melanoma on their legs, while men are more prone to melanoma on their back.'


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As Prokopicova says, although melanoma is the least common form of skin cancers – the other forms being squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma – it is the most serious. Yet, if it is caught early, survival is high – three quarters of the people who have a melanoma removed will have no further problems says the British Skin Foundation. Leave it – or miss it – though, and it could spread deep into the skin or even to other parts of the body.

Although people who burn easily are more at risk, melanomas can appear in areas that are covered or that have never burned, so if you have any concerns over your moles or skin, always seek medical advice. 'Unlike most cancers, melanoma occurs relatively frequently at younger ages – making it the second most common cancer in young adults,' Prokopicova says.

'We recommend you self-monitor your moles a few times every year,' says Prokopicova. 'If you have a lot of moles, it may help to take and save photographs of them for comparison over time. A melanoma will usually appear as either a new mole or a changing mole so if you spot these two changes, in particular, see a skin specialist to have it checked.'

Keep reading for the ABCD of changes to watch out for.

ASYMMETRY

Ideally your moles should look even as this shows they are growing regularly. If the two halves differ in shape, it could be a sign of skin cancer.

BORDER

Watch out for blurred or irregular edges to your moles, and for any notches. Healthy moles tend to be round and clearly defined.

COLOUR

Can you see more than one colour in your moles – shades of black, brown or pink, for example? Healthy moles usually have one uniform colour. The darkening or varying of a moles colour can be a warning sign.

DIAMETER

If any of your moles measure more than 7mm in diameter, get yourself checked. Although malignant melanomas may be smaller than this, typically they are larger.

'It’s also important to be aware of any sensation in a mole – such as itching,' says Prokopicova. 'If this occurs without explanation – for example, the mole isn’t rubbing on clothing – then it would be wise to see a specialist.'

But, before you go booking in an appointment sharpish, remember, too, that it is normal for moles to change in appearance over time. The key is that this process should be slow and unnoticeable. 'Fast, noticeable changes are suspicious as these could be the result of cancerous mutations,' Prokopicova says.

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