Ricky Gervais' partner Jane Fallon cries over skin cancer scare

Ricky Gervais’ partner Jane Fallon, 62, cries over ‘worrying’ skin cancer scare and admits she fears surgery will leave a scar on her face

Ricky Gervais’ long-term love, author Jane Fallon posted about her ‘worrying’ skin cancer scare on Twitter on Tuesday. 

Jane, 62, shared a picture of herself looking tearful along with an arrow pointing to a small freckle on her face. 

She wrote: ‘Goodbye ‘thing on my face’. You tried to hide under a freckle, but now you’ve grown into something potentially more worrying, you have to go. 

‘Don’t you dare leave a scar.’

Her followers were on hand to offer her some reassurance. 

Concern: Ricky Gervais’ partner Jane Fallon, 62, cried on Twitter on Tuesday as she revealed she’s had a ‘worrying’ skin cancer scare and fears surgery will leave a scar on her face

Helping: She got lots of reassurance from her followers and sent friendly responses 

One wrote: ‘My Mum had loads of these suddenly grow on her face. They’ve all been removed. Minimal scarring.’ 

She replied: ‘I think getting older is just going to be an endless stream of things growing and being removed.’

Someone else tried to make her laugh and wrote: ‘You watch, it’ll have its own twitter account soon.’

Jane shared a laughing GIF in response. 

She thanked another fan who suggested a product which would help the healing process somewhat. 

Jane has been in a relationship with The Office star Ricky, 61, for 39 years now – he is now said to be worth £128million. 

She supported him financially and emotionally when he was an aspiring pop star back in the 1980s. 

Jane was the sole earner, making £40 a week at a theatrical agency, learning to be a script editor. She walked to and from work to save money and shopped for sell-by bargains in the local Safeway.

His love: Ricky has been with his partner Jane Fallon for 39 years, is now worth £128million (pictured in 2016)

‘Getting older’: Jane also responded to another follower who reassured her that scarring should be minimal 

Here he is! Ricky Gervais recently made history by raking in a whopping £1.41million at the Box Office for a single stand-up gig-  but Jane was the sole owner when they got together

There are three types of skin cancer. Each can present itself in different ways. These include moles that are either asymmetrical or abnormal, scaly or dark patches and  waxy bumps on the surface of the skin 

They were too poor to afford the constant feed of 50p coins needed to keep the heating going, and froze every winter. 

Both from working class backgrounds, they met at university in London and lived above a brothel in King’s Cross, surviving for years on not much more than beans and rice. 

Speaking about why they never tied the knot, Jane previously said: ‘It is not that I am anti-marriage. It is just that it has never particularly interested me.’

She added: ‘Having children had always been something I didn’t feel like I wanted to do. I just never thought that I would be a good mother. 

‘I see people who are good at being parents and I don’t know how they do it. How can they be so relaxed?’

The pair now own several properties around the world including homes in London, Los Angeles and New York City. 

Meanwhile, Ricky is a keen philanthropist and last year he used a portion of the proceeds from his Supernature tour ticket sales to give to charity.

He split £427,243.42 from the ticket sales of his Supernature UK tour between three animal charities – International Animal Rescue, Animals Asia & Nowzad.

The equal split left each charity with a £142,414.47 donation.

Ricky said of the donation: ‘It is such a privilege to be able to help animals in need, simply by doing a job that I already love.’

Sweet: Ricky is a keen philanthropist and last year he used a portion of the proceeds from his Supernature tour ticket sales to give to charity

Melanoma: The most dangerous form of skin cancer

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. It happens after the DNA in skin cells is damaged (typically due to harmful UV rays) and then not repaired so it triggers mutations that can form malignant tumours.  


  • Sun exposure: UV and UVB rays from the sun and tanning beds are harmful to the skin
  • Moles: The more moles you have, the greater the risk for getting melanoma 
  • Skin type: Fairer skin has a higher risk for getting melanoma
  • Hair colour: Red heads are more at risk than others
  • Personal history: If you’ve had melanoma once, then you are more likely to get it again
  • Family history: If previous relatives have been diagnosed, then that increases your risk


  • Removal of the melanoma:

This can be done by removing the entire section of the tumor or by the surgeon removing the skin layer by layer. When a surgeon removes it layer by layer, this helps them figure out exactly where the cancer stops so they don’t have to remove more skin than is necessary. 

  • Skin grafting: 

The patient can decide to use a skin graft if the surgery has left behind discoloration or an indent. 

  • Immunotherapy, radiation treatment or chemotherapy: 

This is needed if the cancer reaches stage III or IV. That means that the cancerous cells have spread to the lymph nodes or other organs in the body. 


  • Use sunscreen and do not burn
  • Avoid tanning outside and in beds 
  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside
  • Keep newborns out of the sun
  • Examine your skin every month
  • See your physician every year for a skin exam 

 Source: Skin Cancer Foundation and American Cancer Society

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