Thursday, September 14, 2017

Bethenny Frankel To Undergo Skin Cancer Removal Surgery!

Bethenny Frankel has confirmed that a growth she discovered on her face has been diagnosed as basal cell carcinoma. The Real Housewives of New York City star corroborated the diagnosis to PEOPLE. “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."

"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," she shared.“I am now scheduled to undergo Mohs surgery to remove the cancer, followed immediately by plastic surgery to remove any scarring."

Bethenny had the growth removed last month, she shared on social media at the time. Following the diagnosis, she calls it a "sharp reminder" to be vigilant about how you protect yourself from the sun. “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. 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," she said. “I love to swim in the ocean and go to the beach, but this is a reminder that the sun is not your friend."

Since Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, the Bravo reality star has been in action mode, raising money and supplies via her B Strong Charity Program in partnership with Dress for Success.

“I realized this is the time to raise your hand and help,” she told PEOPLE. “We’ve raised more than $300,000 in supplies and donations.”

Frankel arrived in Houston for a full-day marathon earlier this month to hand out supplies at the city’s Dress for Success office. There, she met with 200 volunteers to distribute clothing and necessities — including toothbrushes and toothpaste, socks (1,000 pairs from Bombas), underwear, bras, gift cards and gas cards — to more than 500 women and their families.

“I hope this will help these women from feeling helpless,” she added.  “And any surplus goods will be sent to Florida for families affected by Hurricane Irma.”

Source/Photo Credit: Bravo

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