KSTP's Dave Dahl to have procedure done to remove skin cancer from forehead

June 13, 2019 10:47 AM

Tuesday marked the the last time KSTP Chief Meteorologist Dave Dahl will be on the newscast for an extended period of time, as he will take some time to have a small area of skin cancer removed from his forehead. 

Dave insists people shouldn't worry, as he will be just fine.

"People don't realize it's very easy," he said. "It's one of the most curable cancers there is. So just get it taken care of."

Dahl, who joined 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS in 1977, will have surgery to remove basal cell carcinoma from his forehead on Wednesday. 

Dr. Julie Cronk reassured Dave's health to KSTP.

"Basal cell doesn't usually kill a person," she said. " It's more of a nuisance than anything."

And this isn't the first time Dave has dealt with skin cancer.

"I've had melanoma on my cheek, I was out [of work] for that as well," he said. "They have to take a large area. [The doctors] did a fantasic job, you can hardly notice."

Dave, now in his 60s, has always loved being in the sun ever since he was a child.

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"Because when I was a kid we didn't have sunscreen, and I got crispy," Dave said with a laugh. "My mom and dad would send me outside in the morning and when I was crispy they would let me come back in. And boy, was I crispy."

Much of the damage done by the sun happens at a younger age, according to Dr. Cronk. But as an adult, Dave advises to use sunscreen and have suspicious moles or spots on the skin checked by a doctor. 

EXTENDED INTERVIEW: Dave Dahl discusses procedure to remove skin cancer from forehead

As for Dave, he approaches the situation with optimism.

"You know what, I'm done worrying. I've been a worry wart," he said. "But this is one thing I'm not worried about."

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