Rhian Sugden is hospitalised to have a ‘suspicious’ birthmark removed


‘It’s quite big too so I’m nervous’: Rhian Sugden reveals she’s been hospitalised to have a ‘suspicious’ birthmark removed

Rhian Sugden has revealed she will be undergoing surgery in hospital to have a ‘suspicious’ birthmark removed.

The glamour model, 36, took to Instagram to share a selfie from her bed as she prepared to undergo the procedure, adding she’ll need 12 stitches once the birthmark is removed.

Sharing that she is ‘nervous’ due to the size of the birthmark, Rhian went onto urge her followers to check their moles and birthmarks regularly, and to seek medical help if any of them change.

Health scare: Rhian Sugden has revealed she will be undergoing surgery in hospital to have a ‘suspicious’ birthmark removed

Rhian captioned her post: ‘Holy Moley.

‘My consultant has flagged up that a birthmark on my leg looks very suspicious and has got me in today to have to cut out.

‘It’s quite big too so I’m nervous. Need up-to 12 stitches. Always make sure you keep an eye on changing birthmarks and moles. If they look dodgy has hell, get them whipped off. Better to be safe than sorry. #birthmark #molecheck.’

Warning: The glamour model admitted she was 'nervous' to have the procedure as she would need 12 stitches

Warning: The glamour model admitted she was ‘nervous’ to have the procedure as she would need 12 stitches

Concerns: Rhian went onto urge her followers to check their moles and birthmarks regularly, and to seek medical help if any of them change

Concerns: Rhian went onto urge her followers to check their moles and birthmarks regularly, and to seek medical help if any of them change

Skin cancer develops primarily on areas of sun-exposed skin, including the scalp, face, lips, ears, neck, chest, arms and hands, and on the legs in women 

But it can also form on areas that rarely see the light of day – your palms, beneath your fingernails or toenails, and your genital area

Skin cancer affects people of all skin tones, including those with darker complexions

When melanoma occurs in people with dark skin tones, it’s more likely to occur in areas not normally exposed to the sun, such as the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.

What are the signs of a skin cancer? 

There are three main types of skin cancer: melanoma (including nodular melanoma), basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

Melanoma: Most deadly form of skin cancer and if left untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body. Appears as a new spot or an existing spot that changes in colour, size or shape.

Basal cell carcinoma: Most common, least dangerous form of skin cancer. Red, pale or pearly in colour, appears as a lump or dry, scaly area. Grows slowly, usually on areas that are often exposed to the sun.

Squamous cell carcinoma: A thickened, red scaly spot that may bleed easily, crust or ulcerate. Grows over some months, usually on areas often exposed to the sun. More likely to occur in people over 50 years of age.

It comes after the star recently spoke out about her anxiety diagnosis for the first time, revealing her lifelong phobia of being sick, which began when she was just three years old, has caused panic attacks and left her hospitalised. 

Speaking to former Love Island star Dr Alex George on the Stompcast podcast, Rhian admitted her phobia of being sick has taken over her life and even her husband has struggled to deal with her panic attacks and anxiety.

Rhian revealed her fear has impacted much of her life for over 30 years – from preventing her from getting on school buses, to stopping her taking holidays abroad and eating most food, leaving her seriously underweight.

Common areas skin cancer can develop

Skin cancer develops primarily on areas of sun-exposed skin, including the scalp, face, lips, ears, neck, chest, arms and hands, and on the legs in women 

But it can also form on areas that rarely see the light of day – your palms, beneath your fingernails or toenails, and your genital area

Skin cancer affects people of all skin tones, including those with darker complexions

When melanoma occurs in people with dark skin tones, it’s more likely to occur in areas not normally exposed to the sun, such as the palms of the hands and soles of the feet

Source: Mayo Clinic

For years, medics had struggled to help the model, but after she decided to try out different therapies herself – including shock therapy and hypnotherapy – she said more recently she has finally started learning to cope better. 

Rhian explained: ‘Over the last five years I’ve been diagnosed with anxiety. But I’ve had it since I was about three, four years old and it wasn’t really a thing back then.

‘As long as I can remember, I’ve had it bad. I feel like it’s taken over a lot of my life, but it stems from a phobia of being sick.

‘I have ideas where it came from because I’ve had so many different types of therapy over the years. I’ve had hypnotherapy, CBT therapy (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), shock therapy.

‘And they regressed me somehow – something that I never thought was possible. I thought this is just ridiculous talk, but they managed to get memories out of me that I didn’t realise I had. That was hypnotherapy that did that.

Rhian explained that hypnotherapy helped memories resurface from her childhood including witnessing a dinner lady at her school being sick, helping her to understand when the phobia started. 

Candid: It came after the star recently spoke out about her anxiety diagnosis for the first time as she spoke to Dr Alex George on the Stompcast podcast (pictured with Alex)

Candid: It came after the star recently spoke out about her anxiety diagnosis for the first time as she spoke to Dr Alex George on the Stompcast podcast (pictured with Alex)

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