Former Bachelorette, Ali Fedotowsky, Reveals Cancer Diagnosis

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Fans of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette franchise are rallying around one of their favorite contestants in the extended tenure of the series, Ali Fedotowsky, who has just revealed her diagnosis with skin cancer.

Ali, who appeared on both The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love and the sixth season of The Bachelorette shared the surprising news on her Instagram page. Photos of the girl-next-door reveal her surgical scars and the mole that sent her to the doctor. In the caption, she encourages, “GET YOUR SKIN CHECKED.”

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She goes on to explain, “A couple weeks ago I found out I have skin cancer. When my dermatologist used the c-word, I just about fainted in his office. Thankfully, the type of skin cancer I have is rarely fatal and really never fatal when you catch it early. It’s called Basal cell carcinoma. Swipe to the third pic to see what my mole looked like before I got the biopsy done (so you know what to look for). It’s on the left side of my body. The scar right above my belly button is from when I had cells/skin that may be cancerous removed six months ago. Needless to say, I’m never exposing my stomach to sun without sunscreen again!”

Ali continues her campaign for early detection in the remainder of her caption adding, “Basal cell carcinoma is super common. The most common skin cancer. You probably know someone who has it. So it’s no big deal. But what IS a big deal is not treating it and treating it early. That is why going to a dermatologist and getting your skin checked every year is SO important (I now go every 3/6 months). The VERY first thing I did when I got diagnosed was text my family on a group text urging them all to get their skin checked. So I’m doing the same for all of you, my extended family, right here and right now. I’m lucky it wasn’t melanoma. And I’m lucky that I caught it early.”

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GET YOUR SKIN CHECKED. A couple weeks ago I found out I have skin cancer. When my dermatologist used the c-word, I just about fainted in his office. Thankfully, the type of skin cancer I have is rarely fatal and really never fatal when you catch it early. It’s called Basal cell carcinoma. Swipe to the third pic to see what my mole looked like before I got the biopsy done (so you know what to look for). It’s on the left side of my body. The scar right above my belly button is from when I had cells/skin that may be cancerous removed six months ago. Needless to say, i’m never exposing my stomach to sun without sunscreen again! . . Basal cell carcinoma is super common. The most common skin cancer. You probably know someone who has it. So it’s no big deal. But what IS a big deal is not treating it and treating it early. That is why going to a dermatologist and getting your skin checked every year is SO important (I now go every 3/6 months). The VERY first thing I did when I got diagnosed was text my family on a group text urging them all to get their skin checked. So I’m doing the same for all of you, my extended family, right here and right now. I’m lucky it wasn’t melanoma. And I’m lucky that I caught it early. Moving forward I plan on making it a priority of mine to use the best natural products on my skin and be rigorous about applying sunscreen and reminding all of you to do the same! I love you guys! Take care of yourselves! #skincancer #skincancerawareness #skincancerprevention #basalcellcarcinoma #basalcell #skincheck

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Fans will remember Ali from The Bachelor in 2010 when she vied for the affection of pilot Jake Pavelka. Unfortunately, Ali departed the show early after being told to return to work by her employer, Facebook. Her return to the franchise later in 2010 as The Bachelorette found her engaged to Roberto Martinez, but they split in 2011.

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Since then, Ali has tied the knot with radio and television host, Kevin Manno. The couple has two children together.