Slick Woods Reveals Devastating Health Battle

Slick Woods became famous after going into labor at Rihanna’s fashion show last year. Since then, the model has become a social media influencer with a huge following, which includes a guest co-host gig on Catfish. Woods has also began to dabble into acting, with a role in the film Goldie. 

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The 23-year-old is loved for her individuality, with her signature buzz cut, gapped teeth smile, and tattoos. She’s also an inspiration to those who’ve come from humble beginnings, having battled homelessness at one point in her life. The model recently announced she’s dealing with a serious health issue that has fans concerned.

Slick Woods announces she battling stage 3 cancer

Woods announced on her Instagram page that she’s been diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma. She’s not letting the diagnosis get her down and let her 930k followers know that she was undergoing chemotherapy in a comedic post, equipped with a joke about the diagnosis. 

“How I few about chemotherapy, shout out to everyone that gotta go through it,” she wrote along with the hashtag #atlwastimalreadybald

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The Shade Room followed up with a post about Woods, saying that her cancer is “spreading.” The outlet reported that Woods is fighting for her life. 

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Celebs and fans showed their love and support to Woods after her announcement. Empire star, Taraji P. Henson, commented under Woods’ post, writing, “You are already on the other side of this healthy and strong like it never happened. I adore you.”

Woods later posted another photo insisting to fans that she’s okay, captioning the photo: “Stop treating me like a victim.”

What is melanoma cancer?

Woods’ announcement has many fans concerned for her health and wondering exactly what she’s dealing with. Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer and occurs when the pigment-producing cells that give color to the skin become cancerous.

According to Mayo Clinic, melanoma is common amongst cancer diagnosis and affects roughly 200,000 patients yearly. It requires lab testing for a diagnosis but there are symptoms. Melanoma can occur anywhere on the body and symptoms include an unusual growth or a change in an existing mole. 

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Skincancer.org says that melanoma is almost always curable if detected and treated early. Problems arise if the cancer is more advanced and spread to other parts of the body.

The Canadian Cancer Society states that there are four major types of melanoma: superficial spreading melanoma, lentigo maligna, acral lentiginous melanoma, and nodular melanoma. Woods has not confirmed which type of melanoma she has. 

Though Woods’ admitted that she’s at stage 3 and the cancer is spreading, there are treatment options available. Treatment depends on the stage. Some options involve radiation therapy, surgery, and medications. Woods has already begun chemotherapy.