Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel has undergone surgery after a growth on her face has been diagnosed as basal cell carcinoma. The Bravo star first revealed she was being tested for skin cancer earlier this month.
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“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,” Frankel 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.”
Frankel now urges everyone to take necessary precautions when it comes to sun exposure.
“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. This was a sharp reminder why it is so important that I religiously wear large hats to cover my face and reapply sunscreen,” she said. “Always make sure to rub in spray-on sunscreen on your kids — spraying it on by itself doesn’t cover them enough. 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,” she continued.
The RHONYC star has also documented her operation on social media via Snapchat. On Instagram, the Skinnygirl mogul shared a photo from the surgery.
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