Teddi Mellencamp has been diagnosed with stage 2 melanoma.
The 41-year-old reality star took to Instagram to reveal that she had been diagnosed after her doctor showed an “abnormal spot” on her back, which she will have cut out next week.
She wrote: “Melanoma awareness update. Despite my anxiety, I listened to the doctors and had a 3 month skin check last week since my previous melanoma. Was told I had another abnormal spot near the last one so I had a biopsy I got the call this morning stage 2 melanoma now I go to an oncologist next wednesday to get it cut out and come up with a game plan on next steps. Of course, this is all pending some additional tests and biopsies from other nearby sites that were taken today.”
The ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star admits she was initially reluctant to go to the doctor three months after her previous skin check because she didn’t think anything bad had happened in that time, but has now urged the others to do. check if your doctor advises them.
She added: “Moral of this story: If a doctor says, ‘come in every 3 months,’ please come in every 3 months. I really wanted to bore it. ‘What could happen in 3 months?’ I thought. Apparently a lot. I continue to share this journey because I was a teenager in the 90’s, putting baby oil and iodine on my skin to tan. I never put on sunscreen or checked my moles until at 40. This has been a wake-up call for me, and I hope you all love and protect the skin you’re in. (sic)”
In March, Teddi had a skin cancer scare when it was revealed she had melanoma in situ, the earliest form – also known as stage 0 melanoma – in which the cancer cells are in the top layer of the skin.