Model-actress Dayanara Torres says she has skin cancer

Published 02-05-2019

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NEW YORK (AP) - 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.

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."

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

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FILE - In this May 14, 2008 file photo, actress Dayanara Torres arrives at the People en Espanol party, celebrating it's 12th annual "50 Most Beautiful" issue in New York. Torres announced that she has skin cancer and is awaiting news on the treatment to follow after having gone through two surgeries. "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," the Puerto Rican actress and former Miss Universe said in an Instagram post on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, File) - The Associated Press


FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2007 file photo, actress Dayanara Torres arrives at the 8th annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas. Torres announced that she has skin cancer and is awaiting news on the treatment to follow after having gone through two surgeries. "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," the Puerto Rican actress and former Miss Universe said in an Instagram post on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File) - The Associated Press


FILE - In this June 12, 2013 file photo, actress Dayanara Torres poses at a press event for the romantic comedy "200 Cartas" in New York. Torres announced that she has skin cancer and is awaiting news on the treatment to follow after having gone through two surgeries. "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," the Puerto Rican actress and former Miss Universe said in an Instagram post on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File) - The Associated Press