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Model hits back at people who mock her moles – by sharing her skin cancer journey

Responding to a troll’s cruel remarks about her moles, model Alison Kay Bowles opened up about her skin cancer journey, with many praising her for raising awareness

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Alison Kay Bowles discusses her skin cancer journey

A model has been widely praised for sharing her experiences with skin cancer, opening up an important conversation after receiving cruel online comments.

Alison Kay Bowles, from Miami, Florida, US, says she first grew concerned about a mole on her back in 2018, noticing that it had grown in size.

Having noted an important tip from a friend as to how to monitor moles, the 25-year-old model “immediately” scheduled an appointment with a dermatologist, who confirmed it was indeed cancerous.

After undergoing a biopsy straight away, Alison went into skin surgery just a few weeks later. Doctors were thankfully able to remove the cancerous growth.

She has now risen above the ignorant comments of trolls about her moles and educates others about spotting signs of skin cancer and the dangers of tanning.

Alison became concerned about a mole on her back in 2018
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Doctors were thankfully able to remove the cancerous growth
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Alison said: “A friend of mine had melanoma and she told me that if your mole is bigger than the size of a pencil eraser, to keep an eye on it.

“[During a hotel stay in New York City], I saw my mole [on my back] had changed in colour, there was one dark spot and one lighter spot.

“I immediately scheduled an appointment with my dermatologist for the next day, and sure enough, it was cancerous.”

She continued: “I had 12 stitches on the inside and outside. I remember walking into my surgery and the doctor warning me; ‘I am not going to sugarcoat this, I don’t know if we can get everything out, you may have to do radiation if not.

“But luckily we could fully remove everything with skin surgery.”

A friend had advised Alison to keep an eye on any mole “bigger than the size of a pencil eraser”
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Alison was left with permanent scars following her surgery
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Alison, who has previously modelled for the likes of Maxim, Allure, and Forbes, now has permanent scars, and unfortunately has had to deal with some nasty insults from trolls.

One particularly mean recent comment read: “I’m surprised you haven’t invested in removing all the moles with all the designer bags you’ve spent money on…”

In response, Alison decided to use this as a teachable moment, sharing her skin cancer journey in a bid to raise awareness.

Sharing a photograph of herself in a blue swimsuit, alongside the screenshotted comment, Alison attempted to educate the trolls rather than lash out in anger.

Alison has opened up about her skin cancer journey
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The troll wrote the comment on May 1, the first day of Melanoma Awareness Month
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Alison explained: “This was the first comment I woke up to in the morning, and at first I was very offended because I always think it is strange when people comment on my moles.

“I have never really noticed them or seen them as a flaw, however, I took note that it was May 1, the first day of Melanoma Awareness Month.

“I thought it would be a great opportunity to provide education and awareness about skin cancer and how my moles can help actually save my life.”

She added: “I wasn’t aware that skin cancer was the number one cause of death in women ages 25-30. I always thought that as you got older, it was more common, which is true, but I did not know it was so lethal, even so young.

“The statistics show that more than two people die of skin cancer [in the US] every hour. It is just not worth it to tan in the sun.”

Spreading awareness offline as well as on, the model has started a charity named YOUv Radiance, hosting events across the US to raise funds for the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Followers have praised Alison for rising above the trolling, and for focusing her attention on awareness-raising.

One person wrote: “I’m so sorry you have to deal with these trolls, love how you dealt with it and used it to raise awareness for your experience and skin cancer”.

Another applauded: “Ok but I actually love them?? I’ve been asked to remove the one on my face but I think they are distinct and cute! Makes you unique”.

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