Bethenny Frankel is counting her blessings after revealing to People that she recently underwent surgery to remove a cancerous growth on her face.
“I had a growth on my face that was enlarging,” the “Real Housewives of New York City” star tells People. “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.”
Rumours that something was going on with her face began when the 46-year-old Skinnygirl mogul shared a photo on Instagram relating to hurricane relief efforts in which she sported a small band-aid beneath her right eye.
Speaking with People, Frankel says that she is “now scheduled to undergo Mohs surgery to remove the cancer, followed immediately by plastic surgery to remove any scarring.”
Following her health scare, Frankel says she’ll be extra-vigilant about sun protection in the future.
“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,” she shares. “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 adds:“I love to swim in the ocean and go to the beach, but this is a reminder that the sun is not your friend.”