Why Khloe Kardashian’s cancer scare can teach us all a lesson in self-care

Love them or hate them, you can’t deny that the Kardashians certainly do their bit when it comes to raising awareness of important issues.

From  Kylie embracing her thigh scar, to Kendall’s struggle with acne, the sisters are big advocates of self-acceptance.

Now the latest Klan member to enter the important-issues spotlight, is Khloe.

This week, we heard the sad news that the 32-year-old reality star suffered from a skin cancer scare. On her app, she confessed:

“There was one mole I had on my back that was skin cancer. I had eight inches of skin removed[…]They took the whole thing out and they biopsied it.”

After spotting a mole growing under her breast, Khloe looked it up online, and went to the doctor to have it checked out. Thankfully, the mole was benign, but for Khloe, it’s been a huge awakening:

“Now that I’ve gone through this a couple of times, I am extra aware of my skin, body and moles.”

Having gone through her own cancer scare, Khloe was keen to raise awareness of the issue amongst fans:

“I’m writing this post with the hope that my story can get some of you in to see your doctor if you notice something wrong with your skin. I […] wanted to share my experience with you so that if you notice something doesn’t look right, you will take action and take care of your health!”

We’re really glad to hear that Khloe’s okay, but with over 100,000 cases of skin cancer reported in the UK each year (according to the British Skin Cancer Foundation), it’s an issue which still affects far too many people.

We can’t stress enough the importance of keeping an eye on your skin, and noting any changes which your body may be undergoing. Cancer Council Australia recommends regularly checking your whole body for these key signs:

  • New moles
  • Moles that increases in size
  • An outline of a mole that becomes notched
  • A spot that changes colour from brown to black or is varied
  • A spot that becomes raised or develops a lump within it
  • The surface of a mole becoming rough, scaly or ulcerated
  • Moles that itch or tingle
  • Moles that bleed or weep
  • Spots that look different from the others

And here’s a handy little diagram of what to look out for:

If you notice any of these symptoms, make sure to get checked out by a doctor. Chances are, you’ll have nothing to worry about, but visiting a doctor really could save your life.

In the meantime, get your teeth into the column Mark Ferris wrote exclusively for MP! about the importance of looking after your skin.

Remember to tweet us your thoughts on this story to @maximumpop.

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Written by Rachel Ellen Pugh

Rachel is the publisher at Maximum Pop! Having graduated from The University of Manchester with a BA in English Literature, Drama & Film, Rachel started her media career working in several different start-ups and newsrooms.

Rachel joined MP! after seeing the opportunity to build the site's social channels, and now likes to shout about them wherever possible.

When she's not managing all things MP!, Rachel can be found chasing strangers' dogs for attention, annoying the rest of the team with Ru Paul GIFs, and attempting to become the Mary Berry she knows she is. And failing.

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