How Having Cancer Changed Everything for One Bachelorette

Ali Fedotowsky-Manno


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Ali Fedotowsky-Manno.

It’s not often you hear people say something positive about cancer. However, ex-bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky-Manno is the exception. In a July 30, 2022 interview with Insider, the mother of two talked about how her diagnosis of skin cancer five years ago has changed her outlook on life, and the way she cares for her children.

“It sounds silly to say I feel lucky to have had cancer, but I do” she told the outlet. “I caught it early, when the cancer could be removed during an outpatient appointment. After that, I started using my platform to teach people about the importance of skin health.”


Ali’s Story

Fedotowsky-Manno told Insider that around five years ago, she noticed a spot on her stomach that concerned her. She went to the doctor and was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma (BBC), which is the most common type of skin cancer, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF). The SCF website explains that “BCC most often occurs when DNA damage from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or indoor tanning triggers changes in basal cells in the outermost layer of skin (epidermis), resulting in uncontrolled growth.”

The 37-year-old shared with Us Weekly, “It’s not life threatening when you catch it that early, but still, even hearing the word ‘cancer’ is scary. No matter how treatable it is, it’s still a scary word to hear. I mean, when the words came out of his mouth, my stomach dropped … because I had no idea what it was.”

The season six Bachelorette told Insider that she grew up during a time when tanning, and looking good, took priority over skin health. She would go to the tanning salon twice a week, and she never gave skin cancer a serious thought. That all changed, however, when she got her diagnosis.

“Now I’m meticulous about sun protection for me and my kids. On the rare occasion that I forget to apply sunscreen, my 6-year-old, Molly, will remind me before we leave the house. I love that she’s prioritizing skin protection from childhood” Fedotowsky-Manno revealed to Insider.

According to Us Weekly, Fedotowsky-Manno is active in “encouraging fans to stay vigilant about their skincare with the help of the American Cancer Society.”


A Winding Road to Happiness

Bachelor Nation fans may recall that Ali first came into the public eye on pilot, Jake Pavelka’s season of “The Bachelor” (season 14). She left the show on her own accord in week