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Ex-Miss Universe Dayanara Torres reveals skin cancer diagnosis

NEW YORK — Actress Dayanara Torres says she has skin cancer and is awaiting news on the treatment to follow after having undergone two surgeries.

The former Miss Universe said in an Instagram post Monday that doctors 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.”

Torres, who has two children with ex-husband Marc Anthony, opened the clip by saying that mothers have a tendency to care for everyone around them and forget about themselves.

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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 said she was diagnosed with melanoma for “a big spot/mole I never paid attention to” and that her fiancé, Marvel Studios’ co-president Louis D’Esposito, was the one who made her the doctor’s appointment after “begging” her to go have it checked.

“After a biopsy & a second surgery last Tuesday the results unfortunately are positive,” she said.

Torres, who is from Puerto Rico and in 2017 won Univision’s dancing competition “¡Mira Quién Baila!,” said that she’s feeling strong. She said her sons Cristian, 18, and Ryan, 15, are “a bit scared” but know about her faith in God and that “they have a warrior of a mommy!”

She ended with a plea to her 900,000 followers: “PLEASE, never forget to take care of yourself.”

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