FORMER The X Factor star Tracy Leanne Jefford has been diagnosed with skin cancer on her nose, The Sun can reveal.
The singer was given the bombshell news two weeks ago that she had basal cell carcinoma (BCC) which is the most common type of skin cancer.
Tracy Leanne Jefford has been diagnosed with skin cancer on her nose[/caption]
Brave Tracy Leanne, 35, will now have an operation in which she will have some of nose removed.
A source close to her said: “She was diagnosed with cancer on her face a couple of weeks ago.
“She’s got to go for another op in two or three weeks
“They’ll basically take away parts of the nose and rebuild it.”
The singer was given the bombshell news two weeks ago that she had basal cell carcinoma[/caption]
Tracy Leanne was a popular contestant of the 2017 series when she reached the live shows with judge Nicole Scherzinger as part of her Over 28s[/caption]
BCC is often known as a rodent ulcer.
Luckily it can be cured in almost every case and grow slowly and never spread to other areas of the body.
But if left untreated it can disfigure especially on the face.
Symptoms of skin cancer
Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world.
Non-melanoma cancers are more common than melanomas, with 100,000 new cases being diagnosed every year in the UK.
The first sign of non-melanoma skin cancer is usually the appearance of a lump or discoloured patch on the skin that continues to persist after a few weeks, and slowly progresses over months or sometimes years.
Melanomas, on the other hand, is often characterised by a mole.
There are two common types of non-melanoma:
- Basal cell carcinoma (accounts for 75 per cent of skin cancers): usually appears as a small, shiny pink or pearly-white lump with a waxy appearance. It can also look like a red, scaly patch. There’s sometimes some brown or black pigment within the patch. The lump slowly gets bigger and may become crusty, bleed or develop into a painless ulcer.
- Squamous cell carcinoma(accounts for the other 20 per cent): appears as a firm pink lump with a rough or crusted surface. There can be a lot of surface scale and sometimes even a spiky horn sticking up from the surface. The lump is often tender to touch, bleeds easily and may develop into an ulcer.
The most common sign is a new mole or a change in an existing mole.
In most cases, melanomas have an irregular shape and are more than one colour. The mole may also be larger than normal and can sometimes be itchy or bleed. Look out for a mole which changes progressively in shape, size and/or colour.
The ABCDE checklist should help you tell the difference between a normal mole and a melanoma:
- Asymmetrical – melanomas have 2 very different halves and are an irregular shape
- Border – melanomas have a notched or ragged border
- Colours – melanomas will be a mix of 2 or more colours
- Diameter – most melanomas are larger than 6mm (1/4 inch) in diameter
- Enlargement or elevation – a mole that changes size over time is more likely to be a melanoma
Tracy Leanne was a popular contestant of the 2017 series when she reached the live shows with judge Nicole Scherzinger as part of her Over 28s.
She originally auditioned in 2006 and had transformed her image when she returned.
The glamorous mum had lost a whopping five and a half stone.
At the time she was divorcing her ex-husband.
Tracy Leanne performed Jennifer Lopez’s Ain’t Yo Mama before she left the show.
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Simon Cowell praised her efforts, saying: “You had presence tonight, and this has gone way better than I thought for you. I’m really happy for you.”
She said of the music mogul: “Simon Cowell is a diamond.
“That man believed in me in the beginning and he gave me that chance. He even come on that stage that night (she left the X Factor) and cuddled me and said, ‘you are what this show is about’. Because I was myself.”