Anderson Cooper Has 'Spot' of Skin Cancer Removed

Anderson Cooper Has 'Spot' of Skin Cancer Removed
Anderson Cooper
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03/19/2008 AT 01:15 PM EDT

Anderson Cooper is dealing with a dermatological health issue, the journalist explains on his CNN blog.

After recounting his experience on the campaign trail with Sen. Barack Obama, Cooper, 40, writes, "On a personal note, I've been off for the last couple of days. I had minor surgery on Monday. A small spot of skin cancer was removed from under my left eye."

The setback will not keep Cooper off-camera, he says.

"I hadn't planned on mentioning this, but I still have stitches and you'll no doubt notice them tonight," he says on his Wednesday posting.

Then, with a nod to PBS talk-show host Charlie Rose's current black eye – which Rose, 66, got when he tripped on the sidewalk while trying to catch his laptop – Anderson says, "Don't want you to think I got into a fist fight with Charlie Rose."
Stephen M. Silverman

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