Molly-Mae Hague has revealed the mole she had removed was cancerous.
The Love Island star, 21, broke down in tears as her doctor told her via telephone that the mole was a malignant melanoma.
In her latest YouTube video, titled: ‘I FOUND OUT MY MOLE WAS CANCEROUS’ Molly-Mae opened up about what she’s been going through after her ‘shock’ diagnosis, telling her fans: ‘I was walking around with skin cancer on my leg.’.
Shock diagnosis! Molly-Mae Hague, 21, has revealed the mole she had removed was cancerous
Molly-Mae revealed that she learned her mole was a malignant melanoma – a type of skin cancer – during a work trip to Italy, when a doctor phoned her to deliver her diagnosis.
Speaking on her YouTube video, after the phone call from her doctor, she told fans: ‘I got the call today and he’s told me it is malignant melanoma – which is skin cancer basically.
‘It’s obviously petrifying, shocking and scary,’ Molly-Mae explained, adding: ‘I don’t even know what to think or say.’
‘I cannot believe I was told by others doctors it was OK. I am so upset and angry.
The Love Island star told her fans: ‘I was walking around with skin cancer on my leg.’
‘I just briefly asked this doctor when I was walking out. I was walking around with skin cancer on my leg.
‘If I hadn’t of asked, I’d still have that mole on my leg now and I’d be none the wiser. It could be spreading through my body, you just never know.’
The social media star initially got the mole on her leg checked out by two dermatologists but was told it was nothing to worry about.
Molly-Mae eventually sought third professional opinion during a routine check-up because she ‘felt something wasn’t quite right’.
She recently revealed the scar on her leg would ‘triple in size’ following further surgery after previously having the mole removed.
The Love Islander did not initially discuss her ‘shock diagnosis’ after having a biopsy on the mole, but appeared to be remaining positive.
Taking to Instagram a few weeks ago, she shared a picture of her scar so far and wrote: ‘Update: Just took my bandages off yesterday and I’m so happy with how this is healing.
Sharing her story: Molly-Mae (pictured with boyfriend Tommy) recently revealed the scar on her leg would ‘triple in size’ following more surgery after previously having the mole removed
Spreading awareness: She shared a picture of her scar as it is now and gave fans an update on her situation, appearing to be remaining positive
‘Showing this for the people that are having moles removed and don’t have to have anything done further.
‘I know after a year of using bio oil this would not be an issue for me! So don’t worry too much about scarring.’
She continued: ‘This is about to be triple the size and become two but oh well, was small looking while it lasted. Sorry if you can see hairs, I’ve not been able to shave around this region.’
Molly received a shock diagnosis after having a potentially cancerous mole removed from her leg in September, and revealed she would go under the knife once more in a Q&A with fans.
She wrote at the time: ‘The mole has already been removed but my further surgery is next week. I feel it coming around so quick and I’m really b***dy nervous but fingers crossed.
Tough times: Molly-Mae previously revealed she would have further surgery on her leg
‘Halloween is ruined for me this year because of my operation. Literally the first thing I said when I found out the date. Don’t want to talk about it to be honest. I wait for Halloween all year so I’m very upset.’
Molly-Mae said she had received negative and ‘grim’ comments from online trolls about her current health condition but admitted she was immune to them now.
She wrote: ‘I receive that many hate comments that I’m genuinely emotionless to them now. I’m pretty sure nothing can hurt me anymore.
‘The things people have written about the health issues I’m going through atm are actually so grim you have to just brush them off.’
Health battle: The reality star previous revealed she had received a shock diagnosis after having mole removed from her leg
Candid: Molly admitted she was ‘very upset’ that she would miss out on Halloween celebrations
Heartbreaking: She wrote: ‘The mole has already been removed but my further surgery is next week. I feel it coming around so quick and I’m really b***dy nervous but fingers crossed’
When one follower asked how she remained strong in the face of trolling, the star responded: ‘I don’t actually know? I never used to think I was that strong but after coming out of Love Island I realised I actually was.
‘I’ve never retaliated publicly to hate. My method of ranting in my notes and deleting after has been my saviour this year.
Molly shared a worrying post to her Instagram Stories and while she couldn’t reveal exactly what doctors had found just yet, she said she has to undergo further surgery.
She wrote: ‘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.
‘Immune’: The star revealed she had been trolled over her health issues in one heartbreaking answer
‘I never thought this would happen to me aged 21′: Last week Molly shared a worrying post to her Instagram Stories and while she could’t reveal exactly what doctors had found just yet, she said she has to undergo further surgery’
Worrying: Molly-Mae shared this update on social media last Thursday afternoon, telling her fans that her results were ‘not what I was expecting’
‘Last week I received my results back and it’s safe to say they were not at all what I was expecting.
‘I’ve been trying to process the information I received whilst being super busy with work and it’s not been easy.
‘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.’
Scary: The Love Island star previously took to Instagram Stories to share a snap of her scar following the procedure, after getting several different doctors’ opinions about the mole
She continued: 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’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.’
Last month, Molly-Mae shared a snap of her bandaged scar, explaining she decided to have it removed after getting multiple doctors’ opinions about whether it could become cancerous.
She tearfully recalled her cancer scare after visiting a doctor three times to have her mole examined, but reassured fans at the time it turned out to be non-cancerous.
Molly-Mae shared a snap of the bandage on her leg, writing: ‘So this is what I’ve been up to today…
‘Some of you may remember me talking about the mole that was here a few weeks ago on my story.
‘Not going to go into too much detail until I have my results back next week but this just goes to show how important getting different doctors’ opinions is.
‘So relieved to have it gone, I’ll keep you all updated. I just need to share this because I can’t stress the important of this situation enough.’
Scary: Molly had fans about her recent cancer scare after noticing the mole on her calf but believed that the mole had turned out to not be cancerous
In the post Molly-Mae also included a snap of the original mole on her leg to show the true extent of the procedure.
Three weeks earlier the star tearfully told fans about her recent cancer scare after noticing the mole on her calf.
Molly-Mae added that it was her mum Debbie who first noticed the mole while she was in the Love Island villa, before pleading with her fans to get any unusual marks checked out.
In a series of videos she posted to Instagram Stories, Molly-Mae admitted she’d been moved to tears after watching a Stand Up To Cancer segment about Emily Hayward.
Emily died in June 2018 after being diagnosed with skin cancer seven years earlier when she was just 17, and documented her battle with the disease on a YouTube channel.
Support system: Molly-Mae and her boyfriend, Tommy Fury, have been appearing on Love Island: What Happened Next this week
Molly-Mae then told her followers she’d found a similar mole on her calf when she was in the Love Island villa last year.
She explained: ‘And I actually found a mole on the back of my calf about a year or so ago and had it checked, obviously I’m so blessed that mine wasn’t cancerous, but it just made me so upset that like ”what does she do to deserve that? Who deserves that?”
‘It is just the worst thing in the world. It’s just to comprehend for families that have to go through it, how much of a struggle it must be for people who actually deal with cancer. It just broke my heart watching that.’
Molly-Mae went onto urge her followers to get any unusual moles checked out, and shared a snap of the one she’d noticed on her calf.
She said: ‘Get your moles checked out people!!! It is so unbelievably important. I’ve had this checked three times now by different consultants just to be sure.
‘This just appeared out of nowhere for me and my mum actually noticed it when I was on Love Island through watching me on TV…’
MELANOMA IS THE MOST DANGEROUS FORM OF SKIN CANCER
Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. It happens after the DNA in skin cells is damaged (typically due to harmful UV rays) and then not repaired so it triggers mutations that can form malignant tumors.
Around 15,900 new cases occur every year in the UK, with 2,285 Britons dying from the disease in 2016, according to Cancer Research UK statistics.
- Sun exposure: UV and UVB rays from the sun and tanning beds are harmful to the skin
- Moles: The more moles you have, the greater the risk for getting melanoma
- Skin type: Fairer skin has a higher risk for getting melanoma
- Hair color: Red heads are more at risk than others
- Personal history: If you’ve had melanoma once, then you are more likely to get it again
- Family history: If previous relatives have been diagnosed, then that increases your risk
This can be done by removing the entire section of the tumor or by the surgeon removing the skin layer by layer. When a surgeon removes it layer by layer, this helps them figure out exactly where the cancer stops so they don’t have to remove more skin than is necessary.
The patient can decide to use a skin graft if the surgery has left behind discoloration or an indent.
- Immunotherapy, radiation treatment or chemotherapy:
This is needed if the cancer reaches stage III or IV. That means that the cancerous cells have spread to the lymph nodes or other organs in the body.
- Use sunscreen and do not burn
- Avoid tanning outside and in beds
- Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside
- Keep newborns out of the sun
- Examine your skin every month
- See your physician every year for a skin exam
Source: Skin Cancer Foundation and American Cancer Society