Tamra Judge, 49-year-old mother and star of Real Housewives of Orange County, revealed on Sunday that she has been diagnosed with skin cancer.
Judge opened up about her diagnosis in a recent Instagram post, where she shared a ~cheeky~ selfie with her 1.2 million followers showing the cancerous growth on her buttocks.
She also had an important message: "I'm showing you this picture because this is what melanoma looks like. I don't want sympathy, I want you to save YOUR ASS and get your skin checked," Judge wrote.
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, and yes, you can get it on your butt cheeks even if they've never seen the light of day.
The good news? Melanoma and other skin cancers are almost always curable if recognized and treated early.
It is possible to detect melanoma early, before the cancer can advance and spread to the lymph nodes or other parts of the body (metastasize), which is when it becomes harder to treat or fatal. And the earlier you find the melanoma, the more options you have when it comes to treatment. The same goes for other forms of skin cancer, such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma — early detection is key.