Alex Hollywood, the estranged wife of Bake Off star Paul, has been diagnosed with skin cancer, she revealed in an Instagram video posted on Monday.
The chef and author, 54, appeared in a video with a plaster on her nose, telling fans her diagnosis ‘was not a big deal’ but it has been ‘a wake up call.’
‘I was in two minds about whether to do this video for Instagram but I wanted to tell you why I have got this plaster on my nose and these marks on my cheeks. A couple of weeks ago I went to see my GP and he diagnosed me with BCC, that’s basal cell carcinoma, that is benign skin cancer to you and me and yes it did freak me out,’ she said.
News: Alex Hollywood, the estranged wife of Bake Off star Paul, has been diagnosed with skin cancer, she revealed in an Instagram video posted on Monday
‘But he sent me to go and see a specialist who sorted it out straight away and very painlessly. I’ve got a couple of marks but they’re going to fade. Everything’s going to be fine and go back to normal.’
Alex, who is mum to teenage son Josh with ex Paul, went onto urge her followers to go to their GP if they are worried about any skin abnormalities.
Writing alongside the video the chef told fans she is ‘lucky’, elaborating: ‘So here’s the thing.. I wanted you lot to see this because I know that we’re all scared of the C’ word .. I’m lucky, this is no big deal but it’s a bit of a wake up call and payback for those years I spent poolside and mucking around in boats as a Scuba Instructer, in and out of the water with little or no sunscreen!
Split: The chef and author, 54, split from Paul in November 2017, ending a 20-year marriage, after Alex claimed Paul, 53, had been adulterous – a claim he denies
‘We all need to be more self aware, so with that in mind – I really hope you’ll all have a good look at yourselves tonight in the bathroom mirror – and if you’re not sure about something .. go see your GP!’
Alex and Great British Bake Off judge Paul split up in November 2017, ending a 20-year marriage, after Alex claimed Paul, 53, had been adulterous – a claim he denies.
Paul is now dating 24-year-old Summer Monteys-Fullam, who he met while she was working as a barmaid.
It was reported over the weekend that TV baker Paul will pay out £5 million to his ex-wife in the pair’s divorce settlement, which will also include their £2.4 million marital home.
WHAT IS BASAL CELL CARCINOMA?
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is a type of non-melanoma skin cancer.
Non-melanoma means it does not involve skin pigment cells.
BCC often appears as scabs that bleed
BCC makes up more than 80 per cent of all forms of skin cancer in the UK, with over 100,000 new cases being diagnosed every year.
It is mainly caused by overexposure to UV light from the sun or tanning beds.
BCC can occur anywhere on the body but is most common on areas exposed to the sun, such as the face, neck and ears.
The following people are most at risk:
- People with fair skin or hair
- Those who work outdoors
- People who use sunbeds
- Those with a personal history of the condition
BCC is usually painless. Early symptoms often only include a scab that bleeds occasionally and does not heal.
Some appear as flat, red, scaly marks or have a pearl-like rim. The latter can then erode into a ulcer.
Others are lumpy with shiny nodules crossed by blood vessels.
Most BCCs can be cured, however, treatment is complex if they are left for a long time.
Treatment usually involves removing the cancerous tumour and some of the surrounding skin.
Source: British Skin Foundation and NHS Choices
Speaking out: ‘I was in two minds about whether to do this video for Instagram but I wanted to tell you why I have got this plaster on my nose and these marks on my cheeks’ Alex told fans
Paul is worth an estimated £10.5 million, according to financial statements released last week, with Alex reportedly entitled to half.
Most of Paul’s income is believed to come from the hit TV show, which he recently signed a 2-year, £2 million deal for.
It has been claimed that the pair are now close to finalising their divorce settlement, which will see Alex keep the pair’s home in Kent.
Paul and new girlfriend Summer recently bought a 18th Century farmhouse in a Kent village for £1 million, along with a Rottweiler puppy.
Summer reportedly got into a very public fight with Alex after the pair ran into each other at a Canterbury supermarket earlier this year.
It was claimed by passersby that police even had to be called as a result of the spat.
Moved on: Paul is now dating 24-year-old Summer Monteys-Fullam, who he met while she was working as a barmaid