People reports that Cohen appeared on Jenny McCarthy‘s SiriusXM segment on January 30th, just last week. He discusses a small speck, a dot on his face that he didn’t think much about, but after comments from Ripa, he took more seriously. That little spot could have claimed his life. Follow along to see what Cohen says about this spot, and how his life was saved by Ripa.
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On the SiriusXM show, Cohen says, “There was a dot on my lip that I had for a while that I was not paying attention to.”
Cohen remembers seeing Ripa at an art showcase; he comments, “Kelly came up to me and goes, ‘What’s happening with your lip?’ She goes, ‘Get that checked out today. That is skin cancer.’”
Raising rightful and life-saving concern, he went to the doctor to get it checked out. “I went and got it checked out. It was malignant melanoma.” Cohen says.
#andycohen what happened to your face???
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In 2017, on an episode of Live With Kelly, Cohen appears and thanks Ripa for her simple suggestion, “I just want to thank you because you were so dogmatic. No, honestly. And it’s all fine, but that’s a good friend and it really taught me because I am tanorexic.”
According to Mayo Clinic, Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Melanoma is known to be caused by direct sunlight exposure in some instances. Cohen comments, “I love the sun, I really do. But just be careful.”
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“And I of course thought that that kind of thing would ever happen to me and it will change my relationship to the sun. But you really helped me out there. And thank you for staying on me.”, Cohen concludes.
But Cohen’s not the only TV personality afflicted with this dangerous cancer. Jeff Rossen admits on an episode of Today, “I’ve never spoken about this before, [and] sort of decided to handle it myself. I was diagnosed with melanoma. Scared me as a dad.”
This tiny little blemish WAS a malignant #Melanoma I noticed it had changed so went to my GP who sent me on the 2 weeks referral! I caught it early, now on 6 monthly checks. #Melanoma kills, don’t let it be you, if it’s different for you get it checked it could save your life 💜 pic.twitter.com/Wzi45nTdMJ
— Caroline Jones (@abbeyforegatePO) January 26, 2020
Rossen goes further, discussing his fears as a father, and how he will keep his children protected from this horrible cancer. He says, “I’m looking at my young kids, and you have cancer, and now you’re a cancer survivor. You have to fight that on an emotional level.”
“My dermatologist said to me, you have to put on sunscreen, you have to protect yourself, so I went to the store and I’m paying all this extra money for SPF 100-plus, 110, and we did the investigation here that says anything over SPF 50 doesn’t help you anyway.”, he finishes.
— National Cancer Institute (@theNCI) February 3, 2020