NBA’s Kevin Durant Releases Cancer Shoe, Khloe Kardashian Discusses Melanoma and More

From Kevin Durant’s sneaker that is raising money for cancer to Khloe Kardashian’s urging people to check for moles and melanoma, here’s what’s happening in the cancer space this week.

Khloe Kardashian had a tumor removed from her face and used the event to urge people to check for melanoma.

Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian noticed a spot on her face that remained unchanged for months. After having the bump biopsied, she learned that she had a tumor that needed to be removed.

Kardashian, aged 38, said on her Instagram that she previously had skin cancer, and used the recent tumor removal as a reminder for herself and others to check themselves frequently. "At 19 years old, I had melanoma on my back," she said, "and I had a surgery to remove that as well, so I am pre-composed (sic) to melanomas. Even those who are not, we should be checking all the time."

NBA player Kevin Durant released a new shoe to raise money for women’s cancers.

Kevin Durant, a forward for the Brooklyn Nets, released an all-pink Nike KD 15 shoe called “Aunt Pearl,” in memory of his aunt who died of lung cancer in 2000.

The shoe, which will be sold in select stores and on Nike’s website, costs $160, with proceeds going toward the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, a nonprofit that awards grants and programs that serve underserved women affected by cancer.

Former “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star announced that she was diagnosed with skin cancer.

Teddi Mellencamp, who appeared on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” stated that she received a diagnosis of stage 2 melanoma at a follow-up appointment she had for a suspicious mole that she had removed in March.

Initially, the 41-year-old was diagnosed with melanoma in situ, meaning that the cancer cells were contained in her skin and did not spread any deeper. However, this week Mellencamp announced that results from another suspicious spot came back as stage 2 melanoma, where the cancer cells have moved beyond the upper layer of skin and into the thicker, dermis layer underneath.

“I share this journey because I was a 90s teen, putting baby oil and iodine on my skin to tan it,” Mellencamp said on Instagram. “Never wearing sunscreen or getting my moles checked until I was 40 years old. This has been such a wakeup call for me, and I hope to all of you, to love and protect the skin you’re in.”

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