Sam Champion has surgery on live TV
NEW YORK - May 12, 2010 (WPVI) -- Good Morning America's Sam Champion had skin cancer cells removed from his shoulder live on "Good Morning America" Wednesday.
Skin cancer is on the rise. More than a million cases of the disease are diagnosed each year.
Sam is one of them.
"You may be surprised to know that cancer like this has been found on me five times: once on my shoulder, once on my forehead, twice on my chest and now on my other shoulder," Sam said.
One in five people will be diagnosed with some form of the disease in their lifetime.
Wednesday was operating day for Sam.
His doctor removed the Basal Cell Carcinoma on his shoulder along with a couple millimeters of healthy-looking skin around it.
"If you were to leave a Basal Cell Carcinoma, it could chew through the skin locally and be very aggressive," said Sam's doctor Dr. Michele Pauporte.
Melanoma is the most dangerous form of cancer. It starts out looking like a black or colored mole that can change in size and shape. It can even bleed.
If you have any signs of this, you should have a doctor take a look at it.
Exposure to the sun and its cancer-causing ultraviolet, or UV, rays can be controlled with sunscreen or sunblock.
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