Loose Women’s Janet Street-Porter appears with bandage on her nose after having skin cancer removed

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LOOSE Women star Janet Street-Porter has revealed she had surgery last week to remove skin cancer from her nose.

Appearing on This Morning on Monday, Janet confirmed that she’s doing well following the procedure and will be discussing it on the panel later this week.

Speaking via video link, This Morning host Phillip Schofield quizzed her: “We’ve got to ask straight away, what’s the plaster on your nose?”

“Well, I had a small Basal cell carcinoma skin cancer growth taken off my nose a week ago,” the 73-year-old replied.

“I’m gonna be lifting the plaster off and talking about it on Loose Women on Wednesday, but I’m fine.

“I did have a white plaster on and I thought this one was a bot more aesthetically pleasing, bit now I can see myself, it looks frightening!” she added whilst laughing.

“But you’re alright though?” Holly Willoughby then asked, to which she replied: “I’m perfectly alright.”

Basal cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer which begins in the basal cells – a type of cell within the skin that produces new skin cells as old ones die off.

Basal cell carcinoma often appears as a slightly transparent bump on the skin, though it can take other forms.

Janet revealed she was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma after a trip to Australia, but initially thought the spot on her nose was an insect bite.

The outspoken journalist was shocked to discover it was cancer as she is “militant” about wearing sun protection, and “always” uses factor 50 sun cream.

Janet had an appointment booked to remove the cancer three days before Britain went into lockdown in March, but it was delayed due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

She explained: “I showed this tiny spot on my nose to a dermatologist and he immediately referred me to a consultant.

“He said I had a basal cell carcinoma which is a form of skin cancer which has to be removed, if I don’t will get bigger and bigger and I could be left with a very big scar.”

Janet continued: “About four months ago, it was just after Christmas, I came back from Australia. I noticed this spot on my nose, I just thought was an insect bite.

“I didn’t think anything of it, I have regular check ups for all my moles and I am very anxious of cancer.

“I spend a lot of time outside and I have a friend who died of skin cancer a few years ago, so I’m really militant about it.”

Talking about the delay in having the procedure done, she said:” I spent the whole of lockdown getting more and more anxious about it. Because although it doesn’t look bigger, this kind of cancer grows under the skin so you can’t see it.

“On Wednesday finally after weekly badgering, my surgeon said I could have the operation.

“It’s a local anaesthetic, where the surgeon takes a slither of the cancer and then analyses it while you’re there. So they only take out exactly what they have to take out and you know what’s going on,” she explained.

“That has a 99 per cent success rate and leaves the smallest scar. It has really been playing on my nerves, and I’m someone who always puts factor 50 on my nose.”

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