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Janelle Brown shares skin cancer scare with Sister Wives fans after having lesion removed from her face

Janelle Brown on Sister Wives
Janelle Brown on Sister Wives. Pic credit: TLC

Janelle Brown, star of Sister Wives and the second of Kody Brown’s four wives, recently revealed a scary diagnosis to fans. Last week, Janelle, 50, posted on social media that she recently received a skin cancer diagnosis.

Janelle is the biological mother of six of the 18 Brown kids. She became a grandmother for the second time last August when her daughter Maddie Brusch gave birth to Evangalynn Kodi.

Maddie is also mom to Axel James, who will turn three this month.

Janelle put off seeing a doctor

Janelle noticed a mole right above her lip had been growing larger recently but assumed it was a scar for over a year.

Open for business! 🎉 Sister Wives star Meri Brown recently revealed that she reopened her B&B Lizzie's Heritage Inn after closing it to mourn the loss of her mom, Bonnie, who was the innkeeper. ⁠
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Meri admitted she's "nervous" about running things the way her mom did and shared, "As I’ve spent the last couple weeks getting the house ready, I’ve smiled, I’ve cried, I’ve come across things I need to tell her.”⁠
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She continued, "now I know why the electrician didn’t call you back that day, why the doorbell only works sometimes and not others, and you should try this new rice crispy treat flavor we planned on doing together. I’m nervous about doing this, she had it so dialed in and knew the drill.”⁠
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Despite her nerves, Meri is also excited and appreciative of her team! ❤️ Catch more details on Meri and her B&B at the #linkinbio! ⁠
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(📸: @therealmeribrown/Instagram)⁠
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Open for business! 🎉 Sister Wives star Meri Brown recently revealed that she reopened her B&B Lizzie's Heritage Inn after closing it to mourn the loss of her mom, Bonnie, who was the innkeeper. ⁠

Meri admitted she's "nervous" about running things the way her mom did and shared, "As I’ve spent the last couple weeks getting the house ready, I’ve smiled, I’ve cried, I’ve come across things I need to tell her.”⁠

She continued, "now I know why the electrician didn’t call you back that day, why the doorbell only works sometimes and not others, and you should try this new rice crispy treat flavor we planned on doing together. I’m nervous about doing this, she had it so dialed in and knew the drill.”⁠

Despite her nerves, Meri is also excited and appreciative of her team! ❤️ Catch more details on Meri and her B&B at the #linkinbio! ⁠

(📸: @therealmeribrown/Instagram)⁠
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#sisterwives #meribrown #bedandbreakfast #innkeeper #backopen #reopening #openforbusiness #nervous #lizziesheritageinn #lifechanges #newadventures #grandopening #guardianangels #motherslove #janellebrown #TLC #kodybrown #sisterwivestlc #realitytv #realitytvdrama #realitytvshows #explorepage #tv #entertainment #sisterwife⁠ #polygamy #sisterwivestlc #tlcnetwork
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“It came in the one spot my cold sores have occurred for decades,” she explained. “I’m so careful about sunscreen, because I’m so fair, it never occurred to me that it may be skin cancer.”

However, when various scar remedies didn’t do anything to minimize the appearance of the blemish, Janelle decided to make an appointment.

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Her doctor canceled the original appointment due to the COVID-19 crisis, but Janelle was able to make a telemedicine appointment.

“In mid-April, they brought their telemedicine online and I saw my doctor via my phone,” she said in her post. “I had it biopsied a week later and removed yesterday.”

It’s a good thing Janelle followed up about the lesion; it turned out to be basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer that’s linked to fair skin and sun exposure.

Basal cell carcinoma is extremely common. In the US, up to 25 percent of white females are affected by it at some point in their lives. Fortunately, the prognosis for patients like Janelle is very good.

This form of cancer is usually very treatable and rarely metastasizes.

However, Janelle will have to stay vigilant, as patients with a history of basal cell carcinoma are at higher risk for more severe types of skin cancer.

Janelle’s lesion successfully removed

Basal cell carcinomas are usually removed surgically, and that was the case for Janelle. Although she was worried that the procedure would be painful, she was happily surprised by what she experienced.

She said there was “little discomfort considering that they had to take a dime size lesion off my upper lip.”

Although Janelle will need a bit of time to heal, her doctors expect that she will have only very minimal scarring left over. Fortunately, her prognosis is excellent, and she’s vowed to be more careful about her skin in the future.

Sister Wives is currently on hiatus from TLC. 

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