MediaPunch / BACKGRID

Singer Kelis' husband, photographer Mike Mora is documenting his battle with stage 4 stomach cancer on his Instagram page.

Mora shared his cancer fight in a series of Instagram posts from his hospital bed. In one post he wrote that his stage 4 stomach cancer was diagnosed "just in time."

Mora, 36, said he began experiencing back pain and a loss of appetite after moving with his family to a farm outside Los Angeles a year ago.

After seeing several specialists, Mora was diagnosed with gastric adenocarcinoma. He was told the cancer had spread to the lymph nodes in his back.

"This picture was taken as I was being transferred to the oncology section of UCLA Santa Monica from nearby Ronald Reagan hospital," he captioned an Instagram post.

"This gentleman, Latin brotha, saw how weak I was. He looked back at me before leaving my room and said, 'I've seen people make it out of the craziest situations, be strong brotha, you got this.' I'll never forget his face."

MediaPunch / BACKGRID

Mora also said his doctor told him he had only 18 months to live. "They said 18 months. It's been exactly 12," he wrote.

He shared words of wisdom with his Instagram followers.

"You always see people post about how life is too short. How you should reach out to those you love no matter where life has taken you. It is the truth. Don't take your time here, your time with friends, family, for granted. Shit can be over just like that!"

Photo may have been deleted

Instagram

Mora and Kelis were married in 2014. They have two children together - a 2-year-old daughter and a son, 6.

Kelis, 42, shares a 12-year-old son with rapper Nas. They divorced in 2010 after 5 years of marriage.
 

Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

Model Slick Woods is undergoing chemotherapy treatment for stage three melanoma cancer. The Love & Hip-Hop: Hollywood cast member announced she was undergoing chemotherapy for stage 3 melanoma cancer on Wednesday.

The Fenty Beauty model, real name Simone Marie Thompson, is best known for her signature bald head and gapped front teeth.

Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty

She shared an Instagram photo of herself sticking out her tongue while hanging out with her boyfriend Micky Munday and some friends. "How I feel about chemotherapy, shout out to everyone that gotta go through it #atleastimalreadybald," the 23 year old wrote in the accompanying caption. Woods joined the LHH franchise last year when she began dating Munday.

Woods told The Shade Room Instagram blog she was battling stage three melanoma cancer, meaning her cancer has spread to her lymph nodes. TSR added the star is "fighting for her life”.

While she didn't share the location of her cancer, melanomas typical involve the skin cells, such as in melanocyte cells, aka melanin-producing cells. It can appear on women's breasts, ears, arms, back and legs, but it can also occur in the mouth or mucous membranes, such as the vagina, intestines or bowels.

Skin melanoma is more dangerous because the cancer can spread quickly to other organs in the body if not treated early.

Risk factors for melanoma of the breasts include family history of breast cancer, exposure to the sun, friction caused by tight bras, age and inherited genes, such as BRCA1 and BRCA2, starting periods early, starting menopause after age 55.

Woods' fans rushed to send their well wishes to the beauty following her initial post, but Slick took to her Instagram Stories to urge followers not to pity her, declaring: "Stop treating me like a victim."

Meanwhile, celebrity pals including Taraji P. Henson also sent supportive messages, with the Empire star penning: "You are already on the other side of this heathy (sic) and strong like it never happened. I adore you."

Power actress La La Anthony also wrote: "Love u sis."

prostate cancer

Music industry veteran Joe Simpson, father of pop singers Jessica Simpson and Ashlee Simpson, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He underwent surgery to remove his prostate gland after being diagnosed two months ago.

Page Six reports the 56-year-old photographer has already returned to work.

Read more »