Khloé Kardashian’s cancerous face tumor scare: How ‘incredibly rare’ is it?


Khloé Kardashian is speaking up about her cancer scare.

The reality star reassured fans on Tuesday, explaining that she had a “small bump” on her cheek tested; the growth was examined by two doctors, who advised her to have an “immediate operation” to remove the tumor.

Kardashian noted that the suspicious blemish, which she originally mistook as a “zit” — until it lingered for about seven months — was considered “incredibly rare” for her age.

“I’m grateful to share that Dr. Fischer was able to get everything,” Kardashian gushed. “Now we are onto the healing process,” she added.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, melanoma only accounts for 1% of all skin cancers, but results in the most deaths if it’s not caught early on. However, if it is detected early, it can be easily treated.

Although cancer of the skin is one of the most common cancers in those under the age of 30, melanoma is not commonly seen in those under 60.

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Kardashian originally mistook the bump for a pimple — until it lasted for seven months.
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In her Instagram Stories, the 38-year-old mother of two’s biopsy involved removing the mole entirely, and placing under a microscope to detect cancerous cells. If so, doctors then check the patient’s body to see if the melanoma has spread.

This cancer can appear anywhere on the body, including the eyes and even spread to internal organs.

Kardashian also insisted that she lathers up with sunscreen on a regular basis, which is key to preventing melanoma. Excessive UV (sunlight) and sunburns are the top causes.

As a reminder: Stay out of tanning beds and opt for spray tans if you desire to bronze up your body, the clinic says.

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She reminded fans to get checked often.
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The Good American co-creator added that her “margins are clear,” which refers to the healthy skin surrounding the excised mole.

Use the American Academy of Dermatology’s “ABCDE” memory device to learn the warning signs that a spot on your skin may be melanoma:

  • Asymmetry: One half does not match the other half.
  • Border: The edges are not smooth.
  • Color: The color is mottled and uneven, with shades of brown, black, gray, red or white.
  • Diameter: The spot is greater than the tip of a pencil eraser (6.0 mm).
  • Evolving: The spot is new or changing in size, shape or color.

The clinic also advised using the “ugly duckling sign” when self-checking your moles. If one of them looks different — or uglier — than the other moles, be sure to have a dermatologist check it out.

“Receiving a diagnosis of melanoma can be scary,” says the clinic’s website. “Watch your skin and moles for any changes and seeing your doctor regularly for skin examinations, especially if you’re fair-skinned, will give you the best chances for catching melanoma early when it’s most treatable.”