Melanie Griffith has always been candid about everything, from her love life to her career to her relationship with her kids, and now the actress is issuing an important warning to her fans about health.

In 2009, the actress underwent surgery to remove early stages of skin cancer from her face. While the procedure left her with a black eye, Melanie’s spokeswoman Robin Baum said it was done early enough to prevent further complications. Unfortunately, Griffith suffered a recurrence of skin cancer in 2o17, and the resulting treatment left her with bruising on her nose.

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“It’s a scary thing when you’re an actress and you depend on your face for work,” Melanie told InStyle earlier this month. “But I realize I have to put a Band-Aid on it, and it’s fine. I just look like a dork.”

This week, Melanie posted an update on her now-removed skin cancer, including a plea to fans to take care of their skin as well.

“Bandaged again after having dermabrasion, the final step to fix the now removed [basal] cell skin cancer. If any of you have it, get it fixed. If you lay in the sun, are exposed to lots of sun, be CAREFUL,” she captioned her Instagram photo. “Use sunscreen. Get checked out by your dermatologist. If you don’t have one, get one, or go to your nearest clinic and ask to be tested for it. More info to come!”

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According to Mayo Clinic, basal cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer that is thought to be caused by long-term exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight. And as SkinCancer.org explains, basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer, with an estimated 4.3 million cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year.

So, as Melanie said, it’s important to get screened at least once a year by your dermatologist!

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/wellness/a22840688/melanie-griffith-skin-cancer/

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