Patrika Darbo Undergoes Surgery to Remove Skin Cancer
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Soap opera veteran advocates sunscreen use.
Veteran soap opera actress Patrika Darbo, who played Bold and the Beautiful’s Shirley Spectra and Days of our Lives’ Nancy Wesley, took to her Instagram account to share photos of her face after undergoing surgery to have skin cancer removed from her nose. Soaps.com has the posts which show Darbo both bandaged and sporting a frightening number of stitches. The actress had a teeny cancerous spot removed and appeared in photos wearing a small bandage in early July, but had to go back in for another surgery and explained, “So, more cancer than they initially thought. I always use sunscreen, I always wear a hat, I reapply regularly and yet here I am. I can’t stress enough use sunscreen,” along with an additional warning, “Sun screen is a must skin cancer on nose! Be careful out there.”
Darbo isn’t the only soap opera star to face this discouraging news recently as Days of our Lives alum Alison Sweeney’s skin cancer scare saw her also having a small bump removed from her nose that tested positive for skin cancer.
Though it’s one of the most preventable types of cancer, it’s important to note more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined, so it’s important to always use sunscreen and cover up. Early detection increases chances of successful treatment, so it’s vital to see a doctor to check out any suspicious small lumps, spots or moles. One tool used to watch for melanoma is the ‘ABCDE rule’ – Asymmetry; one part of a mole or birthmark doesn’t match the other, Border; the edges are irregular, ragged, notched, or blurred, Color; the color is not the same all over and may include shades of brown or black, sometimes with patches of pink, red, white, or blue, Diameter, the spot is larger than ¼ inch across – about the size of a pencil eraser, although melanomas can sometimes be smaller than this, Evolving, the mole is changing in size, shape, or color.