MSNBC star Rachel Maddow revealed Wednesday night that she had had surgery to remove a cancerous mole from her neck, reassuring viewers that she “would be perfectly fine” and urging them to get checked for cancer skin.
After being cut short for the past few days, Maddow opened her prime-time show on Wednesday asking her audience to “please me for a second” as she tackled a “quick personal question.”
After telling a story about attending a minor league baseball game a few months ago with his wife, Susan, Maddow said that Susan noticed that a mole on her neck had changed.
“She was pretty determined about it,” the MSNBC presenter recalled, adding that her longtime hairstylist also said the mole looked different.
Eventually, after Maddow visited the dermatologist, the mole turned out to be cancerous.
“Skin cancer accounts for the vast majority of cancers diagnosed in the United States, and the vast majority of skin cancers are removable and treatable,” Maddow said. “Even skin cancers which are the nation’s deadliest skin cancers, these too are much more treatable than ever before on one condition: that you get them early.”
Maddow went on to say that she had the skin cancer removed by surgery on Friday at NYU Langone, expressing confidence that “they got it all” and saying she felt well enough after the surgery to do her show. the same evening.
“I’m going to be fine, I’m going to be absolutely fine, but that’s why I have a bandage,” she said, pointing to the bandage on her neck.
The longtime MSNBC host then ended her opening message by emphasizing to viewers the importance of getting regular skin cancer screenings.
“You should get checked out. If you have moles like me, just make a schedule with your doctor. Schedule a check-up now with your doctor, ”she said.