Jessica Rowe’s news anchor husband Peter Overton has revealed he underwent surgery on Monday to remove a melanoma, tweeting a post-surgery photo of himself urging others to get checked. In the confronting image, which he shared on Twitter, the newsreader can be seen wearing a dressing around his head.
“I have fair skin & am vigilant re my skin checks every few months,” he wrote. “My wonderful dermatologist spotted something unusual on my right temple — melanoma. Surgery yesterday to remove it. I am a lucky fella. For those thinking about getting their skin checked. Do it. Now.”
I have fair skin & am vigilant re my skin checks every few months. My wonderful dermatologist spotted something unusual on my right temple-Melanoma. Surgery yesterday to remove it. I am a lucky fella. For those thinking about getting their skin checked. Do it. Now. pic.twitter.com/xXvQEBnxP4
— Peter Overton (@PeterOverton) November 10, 2020
Many Twitter users were quick to comment on the post and wish Peter a speedy recovery with The Morning Show host Larry Emdur commenting: “Sending you lots of Covid-safe man hugs @PeterOverton. Quick recovery mate.
Meanwhile, media personality Derryn Hinch wrote: “I call it the mole patrol and have caught dangerous growths about six times. Good advice.
And Australian singer and Today Extra host David Campbell tweeted: “Big man! Sending you healing love. Get better soon.”
Unfortunately, this isn’t Peter’s first cancer scare. Back in 2018, in a tell-all chat with Stellar magazine, the newsreader opened up on the terrifying moment doctors told him he could be facing a battle with cancer.
At the time, Peter had scheduled an appointment with his GP after feeling “abysmally” rundown, and noticing a lump on his body that he had assumed was an ingrown hair. It’s then that his doctor told him he could have lymphoma, cancer of the blood. However, the mystery illness turned out to be a “particularly vicious virus” in the end.
“I didn’t sleep very well… I was thinking worst-case scenario,” he told the magazine. “I had never been in that situation myself. I have reported on it. I have sat in front of families with kids dying.”
The news comes just one day after NRL great Paul ‘Fatty’ Vautin revealed he had been diagnosed with skin cancer. Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday, the Nine NRL commentator said he received the shocking news after he went to the doctor’s for a check-up after noticing a dry rash on his face.
“I had a patch of what I thought was dry skin on my face, but I went to the doctor to get it looked at … the next thing I knew I was being told that I was on the way to developing skin cancer,” he told the publication.
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