FOX59 News anchor Zach Myers shocked his fans this week when he went public about his battle with skin cancer in an attempt to warn others.
When Myers first noticed red spots on his nose a few years ago, he didn’t think much of them. However, when they didn’t go away, he decided to go to the doctor. The anchor was stunned when the doctor then diagnosed him with basal cell carcinoma on his nose and two places on his back.
Though Basal cell carcinoma is a very localized skin cancer that has a low risk of spreading, it can continue to grow deeper into tissue and cause real damage if it’s left untreated. Myers was prescribed Zyclara, which is a topical cream that can kill the cancer cells. Unfortunately, the cream only killed most of the cancer cells, not all of them.
Last month, a surgeon removed two spots from Myers’ back, and on Monday, the anchor went back under the knife to have the cancer removed from his nose. Doctors basically dug a hole out of the side of his nose and then removed a small flap of skin from Zach’s cheek to cover up this hole.
Thankfully, doctors believe Myers’ cancer is now gone for good. They also told him that heavy exposure to the sun when he was a child and over the course of his life likely contributed to his cancer.
“I hope sharing this information will impress upon others the importance of using sunscreen, wearing hats, and avoiding sunburns, especially parents who have kids playing outside a lot,” said Myers.
Myers also wants people to never hesitate if they notice a strange spot on their skin.
“It may not be a simple blemish; it may be more serious than that. Get it checked out,” he added.
We’re thankful that Myers’ cancer battle had a happy ending!