Michelle Monaghan vigilant about sun protection after skin cancer diagnosis

Michelle Monaghan has been vigilant about protecting herself from the sun ever since she was diagnosed with skin cancer in her 30s.

The Mission: Impossible – Fallout actress discovered a suspicious mole on her leg when she was in her thirties and after it was removed, experts discovered it was a melanoma, one of the most dangerous forms of skin cancer.

As a skin cancer survivor, the 44-year-old is much more committed to using products with a high SPF.


“I grew up on a farm in the middle of the country and I didn’t wear a lot of sunscreen – I just ran wild and had a lot of fun,” Michelle explained to Shape magazine. “Now, every morning, I shower, apply deodorant, brush my teeth, and then put on sunscreen no matter what.”

Michelle is a big fan of a tinted moisturiser with added sunscreen to “eliminate steps” in her daily routine, and avoids wearing foundation, instead just sticking to a simple sweep of concealer under her eyes.

The True Detective actress also wears a bandana around her neck for extra coverage while she’s out and about, and ensures she and husband Peter, along with their two children, wear a high factor sunscreen daily.

“No one has any excuse not to apply it before we head out (although I am a nagger about it),” she laughed. “I also wear a bandana around my neck so that it and my chest are covered – I think it’s quite chic.”

And she is urging others to be vigilant and keep an eye on their moles for any change in shape, colour, and size.

“There’s minimal scarring if you just biopsy a mole. But I can tell you from my experience that, should you wait too long, you will have a much more substantial scar. And that, unfortunately, will be the least of your worries,” she firmly stated.