Actress Dayanara Torres Encourages Fans To Seek A Doctor’s Opinion When Something “Feels Funny” After Learning She Has Cancer

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On Monday, former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres announced that she is battling skin cancer.

The Puerto Rican beauty queen shared the troubling news with fans in an Instagram post.

“Today I have some sad news… I have been diagnosed with skin cancer ‘melanoma’ from a big spot/mole I never paid attention to, even though it was new, it had been growing for years & had an uneven surface,” Torres, 44, said.

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Soy #Guerrera As mothers we are always taking care of everyone around us… our kids, family, friends & often we forget to take care of ourselves. 💫 Today I have some sad news… I have been diagnosed with skin cancer "melanoma" from a big spot/mole I never paid attention to, even though it was new, it had been growing for years & had an uneven surface. 💫 My fiancé Louis had been begging me to have it checked & finally made an appointment himself… after a biopsy & a second surgery last Tuesday the results unfortunately are positive. Now we are waiting to see which treatment I will be receiving but they have already removed a big area from the back of my knee & also they have removed 2 lymph nodes at the top of my leg where it had already spread. Hoping it has not spread to any more areas or organs. 🙏🏻 💫 I have put everything in God's hands & I know he has all control… My sons although a bit scared know about my faith and know they have a warrior of a mommy! 💫 But if I can help anyone along the way based on my experience, it would be to tell you… PLEASE, never forget to take care of yourself. If you see something or feel something different in your body have it checked… I had no idea skin cancer could spread anywhere else in your body. . #Guerrera #iHaveFaith #TrustGod "God doesn't give the hardest battles to his tougher soldier, he creates the toughest soldiers through Life's hardest battles". TODAY is #WorldCancerDay #RaisingAwareness

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She noted that her fiance, Marvel Studios’ co-president Louis D’Esposito, “had been begging me to have it checked & finally made an appointment himself” for a doctor to examine it.

The actress, who won the crown in the Miss Universe pageant in 1993, has since undergone two surgeries that tested positive for skin cancer and is currently waiting to learn what treatment is available for her.

Torres has two children with ex-husband Marc Anthony and disclosed that the young men, Cristian, 18, and Ryan, 15, are “a bit scared” but know “they have a warrior of a mommy!”

She took the moment to stress the need for mothers to listen to their bodies and make the time for their own health.

“As mothers we are always taking care of everyone around us… our kids, family, friends & often we forget to take care of ourselves,” she said. “… PLEASE, never forget to take care of yourself. If you see something or feel something different in your body have it checked.”

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