Better known as Slick Woods, Simone Marie Thompson has revealed that she has been diagnosed with stage III melanoma, a type of skin cancer.
Recently, the 23-year-old model said that she has been undergoing chemotherapy for melanoma.
The recent star of Love & Hip Hop Hollywood made headlines as she appeared in the Rihanna’s 2018 Savage X Fenty fashion show in pasties and lacey lingerie as a nine-month pregnant woman and then went into labor soon after her appearance on the stage.
Last week, Woods took to Instagram to post her photo with her Love & Hip Hop castmates, captioning, “How I feel about chemotherapy, shout out to everyone that gotta go through it. #atleastimalreadybald.”
The Shade Room, aka TSR, reached out to Slick and confirmed that she is battling with melanoma. She said that she is “currently fighting for her life” and battling with stage III melanoma cancer as it has been spreading.
As Woods was diagnosed with stage III melanoma, she has likely been suggested chemotherapy as an immediate treatment.
After she revealed her diagnosis, Taraji Henson reached out to her and said, “You are already on the other side of this, healthy and strong like it never happened. I adore you.”
Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that originates from pigment-containing cells known as melanocytes located in the epidermis, which make melanin.
There is a common myth that African-Americans usually do not get skin cancer because of the darker skin, which is why most African-Americans do not wear sunscreen.
Studies have found that one in 100,000 African-Americans and 22 in 100,000 Caucasians suffer from melanoma. However, African-Americans are often diagnosed with melanoma at an advanced stage compared to Caucasians. More than 52 percent of African-Americans and 26 percent of Hispanics have melanoma when it has already metastasized when compared with 16 percent of white people.