Bethenny Frankel Diagnosed With Skin Cancer: “The Sun Is Not Your Friend”
Bethenny Frankel is using her experience to help others.
The Real Housewives of New York star has been diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma after she was tested for skin cancer last month.
The Skinnygirl creator, who had the growth removed right below her eye, will now undergo surgery to remove the cancer.
“I had a growth on my face that was enlarging. I guessed it to be a basal cell carcinoma and had it lanced and removed,” she told People.
“The doctor confirmed it is indeed basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer, and says while it is cancer, I am lucky to have it removed — so it won’t affect my overall health.”
Following the surgery to have the cancer removed, the 46-year-old will also undergo plastic surgery to fix any damage.
“I am now scheduled to undergo Mohs surgery to remove the cancer, followed immediately by plastic surgery to remove any scarring,” she shared.
“I am extremely lucky to have caught it in time, and it just goes to show you have to know your body and be very aware of any changes.”
The mother of one hopes this will remind men and women to protect themselves from the sun at all times.
“This was a sharp reminder why it is so important that I religiously wear large hats to cover my face and reapply sunscreen,” she reiterated.
“Always make sure to rub in spray-on sunscreen on your kids — spraying it on by itself doesn’t cover them enough.”
She continued, “Apply it thoroughly every two hours and check the expiration dates as sunscreen does expire; and sit in the shade whenever possible.
“I love to swim in the ocean and go to the beach, but this is a reminder that the sun is not your friend.”
Fans first noticed the brunette beauty had something removed from her face in an Instagram video she posted about raising money for Hurricane Harvey.
Since the devastating hurricanes in both Houston and Florida, the Bravolebrity has raised money for those in need through her B Strong Charity Program.
“I realized this is the time to raise your hand and help. We’ve raised more than $300,000 in supplies and donations,” she shared.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Bethenny! We know you can get through anything.