Monaghan Reveals She Battled Skin Cancer

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October 19, 2011 | 8:50pm EST

Movie star Michelle Monaghan has revealed she had a secret brush with cancer after spotting a mole on the back of her calf.
The actress, who played Tom Cruise’s love interest in Mission: Impossible III, was forced by her husband to visit a doctor for a check-up during a vacation in Australia – and she’s glad she went.

She tells the November issue of Health magazine, “In Australia, they’re very aware of skin cancer. I finally went and it was skin cancer. I had quite the chunk taken out of my leg.”

And now Monaghan is very cancer-aware: “I smoked for almost 10 years. I really regret that. Thankfully, I came out on the other side. I hope my lungs are repairing themselves now.”