Teddi Mellencamp celebrates ‘good news’ after undergoing melanoma test: ‘The cancer cells were contained in that area of my skin’
Teddi Mellencamp had ‘good news’ to share with fans after undergoing a melanoma test following the appearance of a suspicious mole.
‘Got my results back and it’s good news: melanoma in situ which means the cancer cells were contained in that area of my skin and have not spread any deeper!’ Mellencamp gushed on Instagram.
Mellencamp, 40, revealed last week she was taken to the doctor by her friend Kyle Richards after her skin had changed colors once again. The doctor suspected it was melanoma and removed the concerning area.
‘I feel blessed and relieved’: Teddi Mellencamp had ‘good news’ to share with fans after undergoing a melanoma test following the appearance of a concerning mole
Now the RHOBH star will be taking even more precautions to stay healthy and safe.
‘I feel blessed and relieved but also grateful to have diligent friends and doctors to watch out for me,’ she continued in her post. ‘I’ll now need to have 3-month checkups, while always making sure to wear sunscreen (a given, I know!) and protective clothing.
‘I really hope that in sharing all of this, I can encourage all of you to get your skin checked annually— if I hadn’t gone in, I don’t want to think about how it could have gone differently. Our skin is something a lot of us take for granted but not me anymore— and I hope not you either #melanomaawareness.’
According to Cancer.org, ‘Stage 0 melanoma (melanoma in situ) has not grown deeper than the top layer of the skin (the epidermis).’ Treatment usually involves surgery to remove the melanoma and small area of surrounding normal skin.
Health scare: Teddi recounted her cancer scare last week on Instagram and urged fans to get their skin checked out after she was taken to the doctor by Kyle
Teddi recounted her cancer scare last week on Instagram and urged fans to get their skin checked out after she was taken to the doctor by Kyle.
‘On my way to work which is why I am all glammed up. However, this is a reminder to please go get your yearly skin checks,’ she posted.
The picture showed a portion of the media influencer’s back covered with gauze bandages where the doctor had excised the troublesome mole.
Keep watch: The social media influencer shared before and after pictures of the affected area showing a mole with uneven borders and darkened areas. She asked followers to share whether they had been checked, or if they were planning to
The mother of three said she had been putting off getting the area looked at due to anxiety.
‘I had been avoiding mine bc of my own anxiety for a very long time but when @kylerichards18 saw my back and it had changed colors again, she immediately took me to the doc who within minutes said it looks like melanoma and did a big removal.’
‘I am doing my best to stay present and positive as I head to [film] today,’ she added. ‘Grateful that I am busy to keep my mind from racing as I await the results. I find strength in being honest with you all and hope this helps others. Please let this be a reminder to take action on your own skin.’
Cancer scare: The reality star said she would get the results Friday and learn whether she has skin cancer. The American Academy of Dermatology reports an estimated one in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetimes
The Celebrity Big Brother contestant asked her one million followers to share their own experiences with her, ‘Give me a (heart emoji) if you have recently gotten a check or are booking one today.’
The certified wellness coach issued a warning, ‘*if you don’t want to see it don’t swipe.’
Teddi posted a picture of what the troublesome mole looked like, including uneven borders and darkened areas.
That’s what friends are for! Mellencamp, 40, had her skin tested and mole removed after her skin changed colors once again, prompting friend Kyle Richards to take her to the doctor; pictured March 2022
Following the procedure, the area was bruised and swollen, and several stitches were needed to close the incision. The Next Level star revealed she would get the biopsy results on Friday.
RHOBH star Dorit Kemsley was one of many followers who responded, writing,’Teddi so glad you got it checked. Kyle’s a good friend.’
The American Academy of Dermatology reports an estimated one in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetimes. Approximately 9,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every day.