Loose Women's Janet Street Porter reveals she has skin cancer

Loose Women’s Janet Street-Porter has revealed she has skin cancer and will undergo surgery to have it removed this week.

The 73-year-old presenter joined today’s show via a live video link where she explained to her co-stars that she found out she had a basal cell carcinoma on her nose just three days before coronavirus lockdown was announced.

A basal cell is a common form of the disease and is one of three main types of cells in the top layer of the skin. 

‘I showed this tiny spot on my nose to a dermatologist and he immediately referred me to a consultant and they said I’ve got a basel cell carcinoma, which is a form of skin cancer,’ Janet began.

‘If untreated it could grow. It has to be removed otherwise it’s going to get bigger and bigger. Also, I could be left with a very big scar.

‘I was about to have it removed then lockdown happened three days before I was supposed to have it removed.’

Janet continued: ‘I’ve spent the whole of lockdown getting more and more anxious about it.

‘Although it doesn’t look any bigger on top of my skin, this kind of cancer grows under the skin. You can’t see it and that’s what they’ve got to cut out.’

Loose Women viewers were quick to send their well wishes to Janet, with one writing: ‘All the very best for tomorrow Janet.’

Echoing a similar sentiment, another posted: ‘Wishing you a full and speedy recovery.’]

Loose Women airs weekdays from 12.30pm on ITV.

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