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Married At First Sight star Mel Schilling stuns in leopard print dress as she enjoys a holiday in Tenerife after recovering from cancer surgery

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Married At First Sight’s Mel Schilling is enjoying a well-deserved holiday as she recovers from treatment for colon cancer.

The 50-year-old, who is one of the panel of experts on the hit dating show, underwent surgery just before Christmas.

The reality TV host stunned in a low-cut leopard print dress as she enjoyed the warm weather in the Canary Islands.

The relationship expert shared photos of herself posing up a storm on a rooftop of her accommodation in Tenerife – the largest island in the archipelago.

In another photo, she is seen cuddling up to her eight-year-old daughter Maddie as they lapped up the sun together.

Married At First Sight's Mel Schilling is enjoying a well-deserved holiday as she recovers from treatment for colon cancer

Married At First Sight’s Mel Schilling is enjoying a well-deserved holiday as she recovers from treatment for colon cancer  

Mel also shared a group selfie with her husband Gareth and friends, showing she is enjoying her new lease on life since her cancer treatment.

The reality TV host revealed her shock health battle in December and underwent colon surgery just before the end of the year.

She explained her tumour – which she has named ‘Terry’ – was removed by UK doctors.

The relationship expert shared photos of herself posing up a storm on a rooftop of her accommodation in Tenerife - the largest island in the archipelago

The relationship expert shared photos of herself posing up a storm on a rooftop of her accommodation in Tenerife – the largest island in the archipelago 

‘So yesterday lunchtime I had keyhole surgery to remove my tumour (AKA Terry) and in the words of my amazing surgeon it couldn’t have gone any better!’ Mel said at the time.

It accompanied a photo of the TV star in a hospital bed, giving a thumbs up with a tube in her nose.

She added, ‘Crucially the cancer hadn’t spread to my abdominal cavity, which was our greatest fear but was entirely localized in my colon.’

Mel also shared a group selfie with her husband Gareth and friends, showing she is enjoying her new lease on life since her cancer treatment

Mel also shared a group selfie with her husband Gareth and friends, showing she is enjoying her new lease on life since her cancer treatment 

‘Over the coming days I will discuss my treatment plan going forwards but suffice to say that Terry is toast!’

Mel then revealed her treatment had taken place in London and went on to praise the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).

‘I also wanted to say that everyone in the UK should be incredibly proud of the people of the NHS,’ she added.

Mel revealed her shock health battle in December, and underwent surgery and treatment for colon cancer just before Christmas

Mel revealed her shock health battle in December, and underwent surgery and treatment for colon cancer just before Christmas  

‘The NHS is a unique, precious institution we need to make sure it’s here to serve our children and our children’s children.

‘Now, it’s time to focus on getting my ass out of here in time for Christmas.’ 

Mel, who appears on the British and Australian versions of the show, revealed she had colon cancer in an Instagram post on December 19.

She posted a photo of herself hugging her husband Gareth , 51, and their daughter alongside the caption: ‘”You have cancer.” Three little words that everyone dreads but no one ever expects to hear.

Symptoms of colon cancer

Symptoms of colon cancer can include:

  • A change in bowel habits, such as more frequent diarrhea or constipation
  • Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool. Ongoing discomfort in the belly area, such as cramps, gas or pain
  • A feeling that the bowel doesn’t empty all the way during a bowel movement
  • Weakness or tiredness
  • Losing weight without trying

Many people with colon cancer don’t have symptoms at first. When symptoms appear, they’ll likely depend on the cancer’s size and where it is in the large intestine. 

Source: Mayo Clinic

‘Last Thursday my consultant told me those three words.’

She said she was diagnosed just one month after she began to feel pain in her stomach while filming MAFS Australia’s upcoming eleventh season.

‘About a month ago, when I was filming in Australia, I developed severe stomach cramps on set. I put it down to all the travel I’d been doing and the upset it caused to my system,’ she explained.

‘I saw my GP in Sydney and he put it down to constipation, gave me some laxatives and sent me on my way.’

Despite her doctor’s initial assessment, Mel said she knew her condition was more serious and booked herself a scan when she travelled to the UK.

‘On Thursday I was told I had colon cancer and in an instant my whole life changed,’ she wrote.

In addition to the UK version, Mel has recently returned to screens alongside fellow experts John Aiken and Alessandra Rampolla for the eleventh season of the Aussie version of the hit dating show.

In addition to the UK version, Mel has recently returned to screens alongside fellow experts John Aiken and Alessandra Rampolla for the eleventh season of the Aussie version of the hit dating show. All pictured

In addition to the UK version, Mel has recently returned to screens alongside fellow experts John Aiken and Alessandra Rampolla for the eleventh season of the Aussie version of the hit dating show. All pictured 

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