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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.

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"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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