Ewan McGregor says he had a skin cancer removed...
...yet we doubt his face shows scars like melanoma survivor John McCain.
Hot on the heels of Eric Dane's skin "cancer" scare, Ewan "Obi-Wan" McGregor now tells the BBC news that he had a facial lesion removed:
"I had a little skin cancer under my eye," reports the 37-year-old star. "I went to see a specialist who thought they (his facial moles) were better to be removed, and indeed, he was correct." McGregor said the surgery was "not that big of a deal" and he is now "fine."
As a dermatologist, while this has been reported as skin cancer, it is unlikely to be melanoma. A facial melanoma, even if caught early, is a big deal and would result in a substantial scar. US Senator John McCain has had them removed from his cheek and neck with obvious residual skin defects. Instead, McGregor's spot was likely a "dysplastic" or atypical mole. Debate rages whether these are truly precancerous, or merely a marker for a risk of later melanoma. Patients prone to dysplastic moles, which look irregular in shape and color, deserve routine followup, anywhere from every 4 months to annually. Changing lesions may require biopsy. Sun protection is important and tanning beds should be avoided. In McGregor's case, the surgical technique was not specified. Most doctors turn to scalpels, rather than light sabers or merely using the force.
More on moles at skinema.com.