Channel Nine newsreader Peter Overton has revealed he had to undergo emergency surgery this week after discovering something unusual during a skin check.
The veteran journalist shared a photo from his hospital bed on Twitter after having Melanoma removed, adding he was a “lucky fella”.
“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.”
He went on to urge others to regularly get their skin checked as well.
“For those thinking about getting their skin checked. Do it. Now,” he said.
Well wishes for the 54-year-old quickly flooded in with plenty of his Channel Nine colleagues sending their support.
“Wishing you a speedy recovery Pete! It's never the same in the newsroom without you,” Nine News reporter Kelly Fedor replied.
And others thanked him for sharing his journey.
Derryn Hinch wrote: “I call it the mole patrol and have caught dangerous growths about 6 times .Good advice.”
“Thanks for sharing. Hopefully it prompts others to get checked regularly. Glad they found it early! All the best for a speedy recovery!” another follower agreed.
“Thank you for raising awareness Peter. Wishing you a speedy recovery,” was another response.
It comes after TV presenter and businesswoman Deborah Hutton shared a similar plea back in June when she opened up about her own skin cancer scare, reminding her followers to ‘get your skin checked’.
The 58-year-old media personality shared a photo of her face to Instagram after having stitches removed from another major surgery to remove two skin cancers.
“Early detection is everything!! Don’t delay,” she captioned the image.
“To look at the area around my nose prior to surgery, nothing was visible to the naked eye. Only my dermatologist flagged it months earlier... So don’t stuff around with your health!”
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