Eric Dane appears extremely well, just weeks after his bout with "cancer."
Actor Eric Dane, star of TV's "Grey's Anatomy," has been reported to have skin cancer. Before his legions of fans panic, it appears that his prognosis is excellent. Though he is not our patient, he reportedly noticed an odd patch above his lips which a dermatologist treated with a freezing treatment, liquid nitrogen. In short, McSteamy got a quick freeze. This lesion is apparently not a life threatening melanoma, but rather a sun-induced pre-cancerous lesion called an actinic keratosis. If untreated, these scaly spots, due to sun exposure early in life, can turn into a form of non-melanoma skin cancer called squamous cell skin cancer (SCC). Unlike melanoma, SCC usually does not metastasize, go to lymph nodes, or act in a life-threatening manner. Actinic keratoses typically respond to freezing treatments and heal without scarring. Dane has since gone on record that the report was exaggerated, confirming our assessment. We don't have a problem with alerting the public about the dangers of long term sun exposure, but let's call a cancer a cancer and call a premalignant actinic keratosis...that.