‘I have no idea what it is!’: Love Island’s Molly-Mae Hague pleads for help from fans after spotting a ‘rock hard’ lump on her finger
Molly-Mae Hague has taken to Instagram to plead for help from her fans after spotting a large lump on her finger.
The former Love Island star asked her 5.4 million followers for help to diagnose the ‘rock hard’ lump on Friday evening, months after having a cancerous mole removed from her leg.
Molly posted a picture of the lump on her finger saying she has ‘no idea what it is’ and despite insisting it doesn’t hurt, admitted she was baffled by what it could be.
The influencer captioned the image: ‘ Also I have a very weird/ big lump on my finger and I have for ages now.’
‘No idea what it is! Bone? Nodule? It doesn’t hurt it is just rock hard! Doesn’t even look big here but it really sticks out!’
In November last year, Molly-Mae was given the devastating diagnosis that a mole of her leg was a malignant melanoma – a type of skin cancer.
The influencer filmed herself being given the diagnosis for her YouTube channel.
In the video, she opened up about what she’s been going through following her ‘shock’ diagnosis, telling her fans: ‘I was walking around with skin cancer on my leg.’
Molly-Mae revealed that she learned her mole was a malignant melanoma during a work trip to Italy, when a doctor phoned her to deliver the diagnosis following a recent biopsy.
The social media star initially got the mole on her leg checked out by two dermatologists but was told it was nothing to worry about.
Molly-Mae eventually sought third professional opinion during a routine check-up because she ‘felt something wasn’t quite right’.
Speaking on her YouTube video, after the phone call from her doctor played out, she told fans: ‘I got the call today and he’s told me it is malignant melanoma – which is skin cancer basically.
‘It’s obviously petrifying, shocking and scary. I don’t even know what to think or say. I cannot believe I was told by others doctors it was OK. I am so upset and angry.
‘I just briefly asked this doctor when I was walking out. I was walking around with skin cancer on my leg!
MELANOMA IS THE MOST DANGEROUS FORM OF SKIN CANCER
Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. It happens after the DNA in skin cells is damaged (typically due to harmful UV rays) and then not repaired so it triggers mutations that can form malignant tumors.
Around 15,900 new cases occur every year in the UK, with 2,285 Britons dying from the disease in 2016, according to Cancer Research UK statistics.
- Sun exposure: UV and UVB rays from the sun and tanning beds are harmful to the skin
- Moles: The more moles you have, the greater the risk for getting melanoma
- Skin type: Fairer skin has a higher risk for getting melanoma
- Hair color: Red heads are more at risk than others
- Personal history: If you’ve had melanoma once, then you are more likely to get it again
- Family history: If previous relatives have been diagnosed, then that increases your risk
- Removal of the melanoma:
This can be done by removing the entire section of the tumor or by the surgeon removing the skin layer by layer. When a surgeon removes it layer by layer, this helps them figure out exactly where the cancer stops so they don’t have to remove more skin than is necessary.
- Skin grafting:
The patient can decide to use a skin graft if the surgery has left behind discoloration or an indent.
- Immunotherapy, radiation treatment or chemotherapy:
This is needed if the cancer reaches stage III or IV. That means that the cancerous cells have spread to the lymph nodes or other organs in the body.
- Use sunscreen and do not burn
- Avoid tanning outside and in beds
- Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside
- Keep newborns out of the sun
- Examine your skin every month
- See your physician every year for a skin exam
‘If I hadn’t have asked, I’d still have that mole on my leg now and I’d be none the wiser. It could be spreading through my body, you just never know.’
Molly-Mae continued, explaining how she was trying to be strong, despite breaking down, so that her loved ones didn’t freak out.
She said: ‘I’ve already shed tears about it. I’ve already cried down the phone to every family member.’
Molly-Mae concluded the video by urging her fans to have their moles checked out.