Cheryl Ladd Opens Up About Skin Cancer Battle

12/27/2011 8:10pm EST

Cheryl Ladd

Former Charlie's Angels star Cheryl Ladd has undergone minor surgery to remove skin cancer spots caused by her love of the beach.

The actress, who replaced Farrah Fawcett on the hit show, is a health nut who eats carefully and has regular check-ups - but her sun-worshiping past recently caught up with her.

She tells WellBella magazine, "I'm very careful in the sunshine. At this age I've had already - because of my love of the sun and beach - a few small skin cancers removed."

And she's also battling the onset of rheumatoid arthritis, which plagues her mom.

Ladd adds, "She's a strong woman and doing the best she can with that terrible disease. She still has this amazing spirit and joy... For myself, I try to do low-impacts (work-outs) as much as possible so I really take care of all of my joints. I get tested all the time to make sure that genetic trigger hasn't happened to me, which it could, I think, in my 60s."


Cheryl Ladd


Photo Credits: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

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