Ariana Madix shared on Instagram recently that last year she had a cancer scare, and now the Vanderpump Rules SURver is opening up more about that health crisis, confirming to ET Live that she had melanoma.
She explained during an appearance on the show that after years of asking about a mole, she finally went to a dermatologist who removed it, tested it and the results came back as melanoma. She went on to explain that because the mole was close to lymph nodes, "Then I had to go for a real surgery. And have a giant chunk [removed]. I have a scar I can kind of show you, it's pretty gnarly — and then I have one [scar] down here in my underarm area."
PHOTO: ET Live
Now, though, she is on the mend. "Everything has come back negative," she said, noting that her life is slightly altered with an standing appointment every six months in which she will see a specialist to "make sure I'm top of everything. Once you have it, it's much easier to have it again or have it throughout your life, especially that I'm young. It's going to be an ongoing thing, but right now I do not have cancer in my body."
After Ariana opened up about the cancer scare on Instagram last week, she shared this exciting update regarding her next chapter: "Looking ahead to 2019 with optimism, hope, and more hard work on the horizon!"
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