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Coleen Nolan has revealed the frightening scare she had when she was diagnosed with skin cancer.
The former singer was on the panel of Loose Women on Monday (July 17) when she shared her story, alongside Ruth Langsford, Gloria Hunniford and Brenda Edwards.
Speaking about her diagnosis, Nolan said that she had spotted a 'tiny' patch of rough skin on her shoulder.
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After trying to put moisturiser on the patch, the spot wouldn't go away, leaving Coleen to believe it was eczema.
It was only after a doctor's visit for an unrelated problem that the skin patch was seen. Coleen was then diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, which is the most common form of skin cancer.
Luckily for the Loose Woman, 58, the cancer was treatable with so-called 'chemo cream', which went away after six weeks.
But it was when she went back to get the results of tests, she also discovered she had melanoma spots on the bridge of her nose and cheeks.
Nolan added that she had seen the spots for 'months', but said that "when it's something so small and it doesn't hurt", it can go unchecked.
She was told that if she was to leave the spots untreated, they would eventually develop into skin cancer.
The panelist then updated the story, saying she is taking medication to reduce the spots on her face.
When asked about the diagnosis, Coleen said that it "hit [her] like a ton of bricks", adding she didn't expect it.
"It was so shocking that my first instinct was to laugh hysterically, because I just thought that's the most ridiculous thing I've heard anyone say," she said.
Nolan also admitted that she wasn't going to tell anyone in her family, saying that it was "pathetic" to having a small patch of the illness.
Cancer is already a killer in the Nolan family, with three of Coleen's sisters suffering with the disease. Her sister Bernie sadly lost her battle against breast cancer in 2013.
Fellow panelists offered their support for the Loose Woman, with Ruth Langsford reassuring Nolan: "Fortunately, it isn't dramatic because they caught it.
"But the reason we wanted to talk about it is to raise awareness."
Brenda Edwards also showed her support, adding she was "really proud" for sharing her story.
It comes as skin cancer rates continue to rise across all age groups, with people not coming forward to get checked.
Anyone with lumps, spots or sores that don't go away or a mole that may grow in size is being urged to get seen by a doctor to prevent a future health scare later on.
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- Loose Women
- Ruth Langsford
- Coleen Nolan
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