Khloé Kardashian is known for her interest in health and fitness, whether it's her favorite abs moves for looking banging in a bodysuit, why she works out in a "sauna suit", or her habit of wearing makeup and hoop earrings to the gym (more on that in our cover interview).
But in her latest post on her app, she opens up about a "more serious" health topic—her scare with skin cancer—in the hopes that her story can convince women to go see a doctor if they notice that "something doesn't look right." (Related: How One Trip to the Derm Saved My Skin)
Khloé shares that as someone with many moles, she's been extra diligent when it comes to skin cancer. "A couple years ago, I noticed one growing under my breast. I immediately looked it up online and found out that if a mole is growing and changing shape, you should go to the doctor—so I did. They took the whole thing out and they biopsied it."
She explains that while that mole, and many others, turned out to be benign, a mole on her back did come back cancerous. "I had 8 inches of skin removed. It was definitely painful because it was a lot of skin, but most of the time, the removals haven't been that bad," she writes.
"Now that I've gone through this a couple of times, I am extra aware of my skin, body and moles." Khloé concludes by directing readers to the ABCDE guidelines so they can learn how to perform crucial self-checks at home for melanoma. Considering skin cancer is more common than lung, breast, prostate, and colon cancer combined, kudos to Khloé for using her voice to raise awareness.
In fact, "one in five of people will get [skin cancer], and each hour someone will die from it," dermatologist Mona Gohara, M.D told us. "But there's good news: Early detection cures skin cancer 90 percent of the time." Not sure what to look for? Check out Gohara's guide for How to Identify Different Types of Skin Cancer.