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Appendix Tumor Patient Perseveres
Becky Bowden has a 14-inch scar as a souvenir of her encounter with a rare tumor of the appendix. “It’s my big red badge of courage, and I’m actually proud of it,” she says. “It reminds me of what I’ve been through.”

Bowden, a 56-year-old medical technologist from Houston, is one of the estimated 1,000 people each year in the United States who are diagnosed with pseudomyxoma peritonei, or PMP, a condition caused by a tumor originating from the appendix.

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