“I don’t want sympathy, I want you to save YOUR ASS and get your skin checked,” Judge wrote.

Tamra Judge, 49-year-old mother and star of Real Housewives of Orange County, revealed on Sunday that she has been diagnosed with skin cancer.

Tamra Judge, 49-year-old mother and star of Real Housewives of Orange County, revealed on Sunday that she has been diagnosed with skin cancer.

Judge has appeared on the past 10 seasons of Bravo TV's Real Housewives of Orange County, and is known for her larger-than-life personality.

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Judge opened up about her diagnosis in a recent Instagram post, where she shared a ~cheeky~ selfie with her 1.2 million followers showing the cancerous growth on her buttocks.

The caption reads:

"I work out 🏋 hard for this Booty. I was planning on competing again in November at 50 years old, but I'm not sure that's happening 😩 now. it looks like God has a different plan for me. Im showing you this picture because this is what melanoma looks like. I don't want sympathy, I want you to save YOUR ASS and get your skin checked . This was just a small black flat freckle.... I had no idea! Ill be fine because my faith is strong and my Ass ain't bad either😂 Thank you @cacoastalderm ❤️. I've been a little sad , worried and pissed off. But we caught it early and that makes me happy 😊 Happy birthday to me. #saveyourass birthday party in Cabo not sounding like a good idea now 😡 #awareness.#skincheck"

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She also had an important message: "I'm showing you this picture because this is what melanoma looks like. I don't want sympathy, I want you to save YOUR ASS and get your skin checked," Judge wrote.

This isn't the first time Judge has asked her followers to get their skin checked. Back in January, she posted a picture (above) on Instagram about another skin procedure. "Having two spots cut out today 😫. Get your skin checked my friends it could save your life," Judge wrote in the caption.

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Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, and yes, you can get it on your butt cheeks even if they've never seen the light of day.

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, and yes, you can get it on your butt cheeks even if they've never seen the light of day.

According to the American Cancer Society, a melanoma develops from melanocytes, the cells that produce melanin or the pigment that gives skin its color. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight or tanning beds is a major risk factor for most melanomas, as well as genetics, but some people develop melanomas with few or no known risk factors. And melanoma can develop on parts of the body — like the buttocks or genitals — that have had little to no exposure to UV light.

"I have a lot of patients that have melanomas on their butts," dermatologist Dr. Michele S. Green previously told BuzzFeed Health. "That's one of the most common places I diagnose them, and it's the most common place people miss," Green said.

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