LOS ANGELES — Eric Dane, who plays the hunky Dr. Mark "McSteamy" Sloan on television's "Grey's Anatomy," encountered his own real life medical scare earlier this year.
Dane opens up to OK! Magazine about his battle with skin cancer.
The actor first noticed a problem while looking in the mirror, at what he first thought were chapped lips.
"I went to my dermatologist. He said it was malignant tissue caused by sun damage," Dane told OK! magazine.
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He underwent a treatment procedure that uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the cancer tissue. He was then given a cream for his lips to use following the treatment, to which he had a severe reaction.
"My skin is very sensitive and my lip was traumatized by the procedure I had to go through," said Dane.
The actor's lip complications from the cream made it extremely difficult for him to eat.
"I didn’t eat very well for a couple of weeks and lost a bunch of weight," he told the magazine.
Dane's cancer scare was also harrowing for his wife, fellow actress Rebecca Gayheart.
The stress of Dane's potential life-threatening disease was apparent to a Hollywood insider during the couple's attendance at the SAG Awards. "You could tell she was carrying the worries of the world on her shoulders. Lots of people inside knew everything wasn't quite right. It was obvious they had a lot on their minds," the insider told OK! magazine.
"Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States," dermatologist Dr. Micki Ly told OK! "More than a million cases are diagnosed annually."
Dane admits to not being diligent about using the proper protection.
"This is probably something that happened so long ago, but you past the point of no return with this stuff," Dane said. "I wasn't so vigilant then, I am now. And I think everybody should be."
Luckily, Dane acted quickly, sought out medical attention and was able to overcome his potentially tragic disease.
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