MANILA -- Miss Universe 1993 Dayanara Torres has been diagnosed with skin cancer, she revealed in an Instagram post on Tuesday morning.
"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," she wrote, unedited.
Torres, 41, continued: "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."
Torres last visited Manila in 2017 as one of the judges of the Miss Universe pageant, which was being held in the Philippines.
Torres first came to the country in 1994 to crown her successor in the international beauty contest. She went on to become a celebrity in the country, starring in movies with Aga Muhlach and Cesar Montano, among others.
Torres was also one of the original hosts of the ABS-CBN variety show “ASAP” along with Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, Pops Fernandez and Ariel Rivera, and was once dubbed as the Philippines’ “Dancing Queen.”