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Andy Cohen's Skin Cancer Scare: "I Just Got Something Hacked Off My Forehead"

The WWHL host reflected on how Kelly Ripa once spotted his malignant melanoma and saved his life. 

By Adele Chapin
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Andy Cohen takes dermatologist check-ups seriously, and for good reason. The Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen host and new dad was sporting a bandaged forehead when he stopped by The Jenny McCarthy Show on SiriusXM on January 31, and Jenny asked him to share his history with skin cancer.

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"I just got something hacked off my forehead," he told Jenny as he pointed to two Band-Aids above his eyebrow. He then reflected about his skin care scare several years ago, when pal Kelly Ripa's advice ended up saving his life. 

"There was a dot on my lip that I had for awhile that I was not paying attention to," Andy explained, describing how Ripa came up to him at a party and insisted he go to the dermatologist ASAP. "She goes, 'Get that checked out today, that is skin cancer.' I went and got it checked out and it was malignant melanoma. I had surgery on my lip," he said.

He used to describe himself as "tanorexic," but that scare changed his attitude toward the sun completely. "One of my hobbies, I would say, I was tanning. I loved to tan," Andy told McCarthy, adding. "I'm not that person anymore." Especially now that he's a dad to baby Benjamin Allen Cohen. "I'm just extra careful with everything. I get a complete body check twice a year," he said.

Andy's not the Bravoleb who's shared their skin cancer diagnosis and encouraged viewers to get checked out: Vanderpump Rules SURver Ariana Madix opened up about her melanoma surgery and celebrated one year of being cancer-free this fall.

In recent years, The Real Housewives of New York City alum Bethenny Frankel documented her skin cancer removal surgery, while The Real Housewives of Orange County alum Tamra Judge shared her story after being diagnosed with melanoma, and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills friend Camille Grammer also discussed her treatment for squamous cell carcinoma.

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