Kelly Ripa discovered her friend Andy Cohen’s melanoma, potentially saving his life
Andy Cohen, host of Watch What Happens Live, recently opened up about his melanoma scare on Kelly Ripa’s Live with Kelly.
It’s well known that the two daytime television hosts have been friends for years, and it took Ripa’s intense persistence to get Cohen to realize he needed an examination after he had showed up to a party with a black dot on his lip. Once Ripa spotted the black dot, she began to persistently hound Cohen to have his skin checked, and when he finally got around to it, he was shocked by the result: melanoma.
A suspicious mole is always a sure sign to get an examination. It is one of many indicators that suggest further investigation. The most prevalent of these being:
- A mole that changes size, shape or color
- A mole that has a history of itching/bleeding
- Personal history of melanoma/skin cancer
- Funny-looking (atypical) moles
- Major sunburns during childhood/adolescence
- Fair skin and/or light-colored eyes
- The use of a tanning bed/solarium
If indicators are present and further examination required, it’s crucial not to wait. The earlier a cancerous mole is discovered, the greater the likelihood it can be removed entirely.
Cohen was lucky. Due to Ripa’s diligence and persistence, doctors caught his melanoma in the very early stages and were able to remove the small piece of his lip that contained the cancer. He is now fully recovered.
True friendship isn’t always easy to come by, but thanks to the one Ripa and Cohen share, he was able to prevent a very serious encounter with a very serious disease.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., with nearly 3.5 million cases per year. Although common, not everyone has a friend as observant as Kelly Ripa. A yearly skin screening is vital. For those who are “tanorexic” as Cohen described himself, more frequent exams may be necessary.
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When it comes to preventing skin cancer, early detection is key. At MoleSafe, that is our focus. We utilize a state-of-the-art Skin Surveillance Program (SSP) containing advanced serial monitoring technology to give the most accurate and thorough examination. Our SSP has the ability to see beyond the surface of the skin to uncover what the human eye cannot see.
Visit MoleSafe.com for all the information you need to take advantage of the most cutting-edge care in preventative measures against skin cancer and melanoma.