"There was a dot on my lip that I had for a while that I was not paying attention to," the Watch What Happens Live host said. "Kelly came up to me and goes, 'What’s happening with your lip? Get that checked out today. That is skin cancer.'"
Cohen continued to put it off, but Ripa would remind him to see a doctor. "I'm like a dog with a bone. He would text me and I’d be like, 'You get your lip checked out yet boo?' He’d be like, 'Not yet,'" she said in a segment for Live with Kelly in 2016 with Cohen.
Eventually the Bravo star did get his lip checked out by a doctor and learned he had skin cancer. "It was malignant melanoma," he said.
Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that develops when melanocytes begin to grow rapidly and uncontrollably. It's the deadliest form of skincare due to its ability to spread to other parts of the body. If caught early, however, it can be treated.
Cohen had surgery to remove his cancer, and with the news circulating around his interview with McCarthy, the gratitude he shared with Ripa back in 2016 is resurfacing. “I, of course, thought that that kind of thing would ever happen to me and it will change my relationship to the sun," he told Ripa in 2016. "But you really helped me out there. And thank you for staying on me."
Today, he's still working to change his habits in the sun. "I love to tan. It killed me this morning, I should be at the pool, but I'm working. I'm not that person anymore," Cohen told McCarthy.
Cohen was actually chatting with McCarthy as he wore two bandages—but not on his lips. "I just got something hacked off my forehead," he said. (Unclear if this was skin cancer related or an entirely different procedure.)
As for Ripa, if the whole morning TV thing doesn't work out, she could have a promising career in medicine: “I’m glad to see that all that money I spent visiting dermatologists was good for something because I essentially, at this point, am a dermatologist," she said on Live with Kelly and Ryan. "It’s the third time I’ve picked out skin cancer on my friends."
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