Rachel Maddow reveals she had surgery to remove skin cancer

On The Rachel Maddow Show Wednesday, Maddow revealed that she was out Monday and Tuesday because she’d had surgery to remove skin cancer. Maddow said her partner of 22 years, Susan Mikula, noticed a mole on her neck that had changed while the two were at a minor league baseball game. After getting a second opinion, Maddow went to the dermatologist, who confirmed that she indeed had skin cancer.

“Long story short, Susan was right, Dianne was right,” Maddow said. “I went to the dermatologist, she said, ‘Hey, you know what? That mole has changed.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, I’ve heard that.’ Did a biopsy, turns out it was skin cancer.”

Maddow, who had a barely-noticeable bandage on her face and neck, had the surgery to remove the cancer on Friday, and said she’s going to be just fine.

“I am going to be absolutely fine,” Maddow said. “I’m going to be totally fine, but that is why I have a band-aid. I actually have felt fine since I got the surgery on Friday, in terms of how I felt, and pain levels and stuff. I could have come back right away. I could have been on the air Friday night. I didn't do that because I didn't want to weird you out because of the visual of me having the band-aid.”

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