Although doctors initially dismissed the three-millimetre-lump as a cyst, she was savvy enough to seek a second opinion.
“I went to the doctor who said it was just a cyst and that it was fine and not to worry about it. Then I went to my skin doctor in Byron and he did a biopsy then two days later he said ‘you’ve got a malignant tumour,’” she continued.
“So I was straight in for a CT scan and then I went to a specialist who said ‘I’m not going to touch you until you’ve had a pet scan’, which I had last Friday.”
The good news? The tumour hasn’t spread. And although her doctors are still not sure if it’s primary or secondary, they insist it’s best to operate ASAP.
“I'm really p*ssed off, but what can you do about it? Just got to roll with the punches don't you, not just cry about it?” she added.
Back in 2017, Jacqui’s sister first noticed a suspicious mole on her back while she was nursing an injury she sustained on the show. "Within the week, I was diagnosed with a grade four melanoma,” she recently told The Project. Despite these serious health setbacks, she remains in good spirits – and determined to educate other Aussies on the importance of sun safety.
“If I can say one thing - check your skin, guys. I had an injury on the show. There's been a silver lining to that,” she told the publication. “Don't wait. Check yourself out. I’m a survivor, I will kick this.”
Sending all the positive vibes your way, Jacqui.