NEW YORK — CNN’s Anderson Cooper was back at work Wednesday after minor surgery two days earlier to remove a cancerous mole from underneath his left eye.

There was no indication the skin cancer had spread, spokeswoman Shimrit Sheetrit said.

He blogged about his procedure Wednesday, when he was following Barack Obama, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, for a special edition of Cooper’s nightly news show……SEE LINK


Skin cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in the United States. Unfortunately the number of new cases of skin cancer appears to be increasing each year.

Scientist tell us that 2/3rds of all cancer is thought to be environmental and or come from outside of the body.

According to the National Cancer Institute Studies have suggested that reducing exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation decreases the incidence of non-melanoma skin cancer. Ultraviolet radiation is a stream of invisible high-energy rays coming from the sun. Artificial sources such as tanning booths and sunlamps also produce ultraviolet radiation.

According to the CDC Since 1973, new cases of the most serious form of skin cancer, melanoma, have increased approximately 150%. During the same period, deaths from melanoma have increased approximately 44%. Approximately 65%–90% of melanomas are caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

While at some level it is fortunate we can reduce environmental exposures, we must also ask ourselves what the role the environment plays relative to cancer.

Specifically what role does Ozone play depletion increasing cases of skin cancer?

The production and emission of CFCs, chlorofluorocarbons, is thought by scientists to be by the leading cause. CFC’s were found in cooling units/ air conditioners/refrigeration and sprays.

While there are things we can do to avoid the harmful rays, do we in fact have more harmful rays now than we did 25 years ago?

The environment of today is the proverbial mirror for human health.

Our role is charged with reducing the unnecessary and preventable exposures that have taken on the everyday landscape in our own lives those known to cause cancer and those we suspect to have caused cancer.

While the cure for cancer can never be underestimated we must seek answers to gain understanding of the role of our compromised environment. Never before has there been more cancer.

POSTED Bill Couzens, Founder