Publicist: Jennifer Ward
Having been told for years by her dermatologist in Canada that it was “something to keep an eye on”, Ward decided to get a second opinion from a Palm Beach dermatologist who, not surprisingly, deals with skin cancer on a regular basis. A biopsy revealed that the innocent looking red patch of skin on her forehead was, in fact, basal cell carcinoma requiring immediate surgery. While surgery in Palm Beach at her own expense was an option, Ward decided to wait the six months it would take to schedule her Mohs surgery in Ottawa. Ward’s diligence proved that skin cancer can be serious among the younger generations, and the ‘wait and see’ approach only led to the root of the cancer growing deeper. Luckily for Ward, the skilled surgeon who removed her cancer was empathetic to her concerns of scarring. Six months later, her forehead is well healed, with little evidence of the 14 stitches necessary to close up her forehead following the surgery. I had to lean in very close to see a barely-there scar; nothing her regular spray tans can’t mask.
Here’s The Skiny on this sassy survivor.
Your 3 can’t-live-without skincare products? Facial moisturizer with sunscreen, eye cream, and Lancome Bifacil eye make-up remover.
Your most recent What The Yuck?! skin moment? After my most recent spray tan session, I noticed a big, brown blotch on my left cheek. It was a sun spot that had absorbed more of the tanning solution.
If you could trade dermatologists with any celebrity, who would it be? Cate Blanchett. Her complexion is radiant and flawless.
Favourite food? Ice cream.
Most overused word? Awesome.
Favorite saying? “We’re off like a herd of turtles!” while trying to get a group of people to pick up the pace!
One piece of advice for our skin-savvy readers? Have every skin abnormality checked by a dermatologist, and push for a biopsy if you feel that something on your skin just isn’t right. A little foresight can save a lot of heartache.