Real Housewife Bethenny Frankel Diagnosed With Basal Cell Carinoma
Earlier today, “Real Housewives of New York City” star Bethenny Frankel confirmed a growth on her face has been diagnosed as skin cancer.
Frankel told People she noticed the growth was getting bigger, “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.”
Just last month, a fan asked Frankel about a bandage on her face that appeared in an Instagram video. The reality TV star revealed she had a growth removed and tested for skin cancer.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer, with more than four million cases of it diagnosed in the U.S. each year. It’s also the same type of skin cancer actor Hugh Jackman had.
Frankel is scheduled to undergo Mohs surgery, a micrographic surgery where surgeons remove the thinnest possible layer of the cancerous tissue. The layer is then stained and examined under a microscope. If any cancer is left, more layers of tissue are removed. This is repeated until the cancer is completely gone.
Frankel will then have plastic surgery to remove any scarring.
Despite the diagnosis, Frankel is still going strong in her Hurricane Harvey relief efforts through her B Strong: Find Your Yes — Helping Women in Crisis Charity. Just yesterday she posted this photo with three female marines who lost their homes in the flood.
These are three former U.S. Marines and proud veterans who served their country valiantly. Now, #BStrong is able to serve them as they’ve lost their homes. One had to escape her flooded home with her six kids in a dump truck loaded with garbage. 100 percent of #BStrong and #HurricaneHarvey donations are going right to them. Donate now at bethenny.com/bstrong to help them and more women and their families in crisis now. #thisisacrisis
Update: Frankel continued to document her skin cancer journey by sharing a photo after Mohs surgery:
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