How Tamra Judge is Pushing to Save Your Own Life

by | Aug 30, 2017 | Blog

Tamra Judge Melanoma Story Skin Cancer Disease

Tamra Judge has recently revealed to her fans on Instagram that she has been diagnosed with skin cancer. The star of “Real Housewives in Orange County” and mother of four posted a photo of her melanoma on Sunday August 27.

If you are suspicious of melanoma on your skin, contact a dermatologist immediately.

Her photo on Instagram reveals a selfie of herself with a tiny black mole on the side of her butt cheek. Fortunately, the 49-year-old fitness star said that, there is still hope for her future because she was able to spot the cancerous mole early.

A post shared by Tamra Judge (@tamrajudge) on

Unlike her fan’s reaction to the post, Judge took a different approach on her announcement.

“I’m showing you this picture because this is what melanoma looks like.” Judge writes, “I don’t want sympathy, I want you to save YOUR ass and get your skin checked. This was just a small black flat freckle … I had no idea!”

Judge encourages her fans to seek help rather than to feel sorry for her. And she is absolutely right.

How Scary is Melanoma?

First Derm Melanoma (6) ICD-10-C43.9

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer caused by excessive exposure from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Additionally, this leads to skin cell damage and causes the cells to divide uncontrollably overtime. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, over 1 million Americans suffer from melanoma and incidences have been increasing rapidly in females age 15-29.

As suggested by dermatologists across the world, one of the key preventative methods to melanoma is to wear sunscreen. While prevention is easy, study shows that only 14% of men and 29% of women use sunscreen both on their face and body. Thus, there is a high chance of the people around you at risk of skin cancer.

Similar to Judge’s case, melanoma can be stopped when spotted at its early stages through treatments like chemotherapy. However, if melanoma is not treated in time, a tumor may fatally spread and damage other organs in your body including your lungs, liver, brain, or stomach.   

If you are concerned about a certain mole, get answers from a board certified dermatologist.

Featured image photo courtesy of Bravo TV. 

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