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WE Have Cancer - Lee Silverstein EPISODE 155, 14th July 2020
No Tan Is Worth Dying For; An Interview With Stage IV Melanoma Survivor, Becca Pendarvis
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No Tan Is Worth Dying For; An Interview With Stage IV Melanoma Survivor, Becca Pendarvis

We revisit this episode which was originally published in July, 2019.

As a teenager growing up in Kansas, Becca Pendarvis spent her summers doing everything she could to get as tan as possible. Now a mother of a seventeen year-old daughter, she has spent the last eight years dealing with Stage 4 Melanoma skin cancer.

During our conversation we discussed:

  • Why she loves living in New York City and how living there helped her cope with her cancer.
  • The common misconceptions about Skin Cancer.
  • How to use A-B-C-D-E to identify possible skin cancers.
  • The fact that she's now N.E.D. (No Evidence of Disease) after initially being told she had 9 - 18 months to live.
  • The impact her illness had on her daughter.
  • Camp Kesem - a nationwide community that supports the children of parents affected by cancer - and how it helped her daughter.
  • Her thoughts on tanning and tanning beds.

Links Mentioned In the Show

Camp Kesem - https://campkesem.org/

Know the ABCDEs of Skin Cancer - https://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/melanoma/melanoma-warning-signs-and-images/do-you-know-your-abcdes

Follow Becca on Instagram - https://instagram.com/notanisworthdyingfor

Follow Becca on Twitter - https://twitter.com/beccapendarvis

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