Khloe Kardashian: Skin Cancer

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Did you know that Khloe Kardashian had skin cancer? I had no idea. Scary! In the following interview, Khlow talks about her weight loss (she already lost 11 pounds) and what was it like to have a number of bouts with skin cancer.

When did you first discover you had skin cancer? The first one happened right after my dad died. I was 19 or 20. I have moles all over my body. I used to get them checked all the time – my mother’s really attentive and will always tell me to do it.

That’s how my doctors discovered them. They were on my back; I had a really big one. It was very stressful.

Were you scared at any point? There was a mole that I had on my breast that was scary because I had to get it removed. They put me to sleep, and I had to go to a plastic surgeon. They didn’t know how deep it had spread. I was warned that I could wake up with one boob. I said, “Take ’em both off! I’ll get new ones!” [laughs] That was an experience, waking up and wondering what I was going to look like. But obviously it was fine.

How has this affected your attitude toward your health and well-being? You just have to know your body. Girls are better at being in tune with their bodies and being like, “This doesn’t feel right. Let me go to the doctor.” But just because people know what’s right and wrong [for their health], it doesn’t mean they always do it.

Since struggling with skin cancer, has your diet changed? I really have not changed my diet. I have just made wiser choices. And I try to eat more of the fruits and vegetables that I already liked. The only thing I have added is vitamins. I never took vitamins until my first operation.

What would you tell people who lay out without protecting their skin? Skin cancer is quite common. You should take every precaution to prevent it. Anyone can get it. It doesn’t matter if you are fair or have naturally darker skin. You can still get skin cancer.

How do you stay in shape? By boxing three days a week and going to the gym two other days to do cardio and weights. I have lost weight [11 pounds since May 1]. I am not where I want to be yet, but I will get there soon! I still want to be more toned and lose a few more pounds. I want to lose weight and feel sexy for myself.

Are you self-conscious about your body? Of course I get self-conscious. Who doesn’t? But I don’t let it bother me that much. I try not to focus on that stuff. [via]


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