Teddi Mellencamp has confirmed that she is now cancer-free following surgeries on melanoma. Good News! The 41-year-old Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star had 12 melanoma spots cut out from her shoulder and back area.
What Did Teddi Mellencamp Reveal About Her Cancer Journey?
The reality star revealed to People how she first came to know that she had cancer. It was thanks to the observant eye of Mellencamp’s friend, Kyle Richards, that made her aware that she was suffering from melanomas.
Mellencamp explained how she and her former co-star, Richards were working out in March when Richards noticed some dark spots on Mellencamp’s back. The spots looked concerning to Richards and she thought to mention it to her friend. Richards had urged the reality star to go check out what the spot might be which turned out to be a “melanoma and a signal of stage 2 skin cancer.”
Later on, the reality star had 11 more instances of melanoma removed from around the affected area. The timely observation of Richards saved Mellencamp’s life. The reality revealed that she had known about some patches of white below her right shoulder for years, but ignored it as she did not think it was serious.
After visiting a dermatologist, it was confirmed that Mellencamp had skin cancer. She wanted to get rid of everything as soon as possible.
By October, the reality star’s condition worsened as the doctor noticed some other abnormal spots. Several biopsies were performed by an Oncologist who revealed that Mellencamp was dealing with multiple stage 2 melanomas.
When the reality star was little, she was usually exposed to the sun regularly. Mellencamp revealed that she “rarely wore sunscreen” and was “outside all the time, I rode horses.”
The daughter of John Mellencamp and Victoria Granucci underwent two surgeries to remove all of the melanomas. Mellencamp also removed three lymph nodes just to be sure that cancer had not spread. The RHOBH star also had a PET scan, and she looked to the future with genetic testing because her family had a history of breast cancer.
How Did Mellencamp Overcome Skin Cancer?
Mellencamp’s surgeries were a success as she had 11 melanomas and three lymph nodes removed. The reality star also confirmed that she was cancer-free.
he also revealed that the genetic testing did not find a “predisposition” for other cancers. The RHOBH star also urged others to get checked out regularly so as to avoid health complications.