Veteran reporter Peter Overton, 54, opens up about the health scare that will stop him presenting the nightly news tonight – as he shares a photo of his bandaged head in hospital
- Newsreader Peter Overton revealed he had surgery on a melanoma on Monday
- He shared a photo of his head wrapped in bandages on Twitter the following day
- The seasoned news reporter warned everyone to check their skin regularly
- The 54-year-old had another health scare in 2017 after falling ill with a virus
A heavily bandaged Peter Overton has revealed he had to undergo surgery on Monday after a melanoma was discovered on his temple.
The veteran Nine News reporter shared a snap of himself laying in a hospital bed on Tuesday one day after going under the knife to have the deadly skin cancer removed.
Describing himself as a ‘lucky fella’, Mr Overton, 54, urged anybody who was considering having their skin checked to act now before it’s too late.
A heavily bandaged Peter Overton has revealed he had to undergo surgery after a melanoma was discovered on his right temple
‘I have fair skin and am vigilant with getting my skin checks every few months,’ he tweeted.
‘My wonderful dermatologist spotted something unusual on my right temple -melanoma.
‘For those thinking about getting their skin checked. Do it. Now.’
It’s not the first cancer scare for the news presenter who back in September 2017 felt run down and noticed strange lumps all over his body.
Overton pictured with wife Jessica Rowe said while he was vigilant with his skin checks his dermatologist found a melanoma on his head
The 54-year-old journalist has read the 6pm news every night since 2009
After meeting with his doctor, Mr Overton was warned he could have lymphoma, a cancer of the blood.
He described having sleepless nights as he anxiously waited to hear the results, while his wife Jessica Rowe, was ‘sick to her stomach’.
After several painful days, he was given the news he was desperately hoping for: it wasn’t cancer.
His mystery illness was instead chalked up to a ‘vicious virus’ which gave the news presenter a terrible scare.
Mr Overton (pictured with wife and children) had an earlier health scare in 2017 after he caught a vicious virus
Mr Overton has been reading the 6pm nightly news since 2009 having previously spent eight years as a reporter for 60 Minutes.
Melanoma forms when the pigment-producing cells that give colour to people’s skin becomes cancerous.
While it is less common than basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), it is more dangerous because of its ability to spread to other organs more rapidly if it is not treated at an early stage.
Australia has one of the highest rates of melanoma in the world and it is the most common cancer affecting 15 to 39-year-old Aussies.
Last year, 1,415 people died from the cancer.
What are some warning signs for melanomas?
The first five letters of the alphabet are a guide to help you recognise the warning signs of melanoma.
A is for Asymmetry. Most melanomas are asymmetrical. If you draw a line through the middle of the lesion, the two halves don’t match, so it looks different from a round to oval and symmetrical common mole.
B is for Border. Melanoma borders tend to be uneven and may have scalloped or notched edges, while common moles tend to have smoother, more even borders.
C is for Colour. Multiple colours are a warning sign. While benign moles are usually a single shade of brown, a melanoma may have different shades of brown, tan or black. As it grows, the colours red, white or blue may also appear.
D is for Diameter or Dark. While it’s ideal to detect a melanoma when it is small, it’s a warning sign if a lesion is the size of a pencil eraser (about 6 mm, or ¼ inch in diameter) or larger. Some experts say it is also important to look for any lesion, no matter what size, that is darker than others. Rare, amelanotic melanomas are colourless.
E is for Evolving. Any change in size, shape, colour or elevation of a spot on your skin, or any new symptom in it, such as bleeding, itching or crusting, may be a warning sign of melanoma.