American news anchor Dan Rather interrupted his Monday (19JAN04) night broadcast to announce he's recently had a number of cancerous growths removed from his face.

The legendary CBS EVENING NEWS presenter - who recently took a break from the show to undergo treatment - recommended viewers get themselves checked out for skin cancer.

Following a story on Iraq, 72-year-old Rather said, "A recent examination of my skin detected several basal cell carcinomas - a very common and highly treatable form of skin cancer.

"The cells on my face and nose were removed during my recent absence from this broadcast. The healing process continues. A full recovery is expected.

"But it remains a humbling learning experience. So I thank you for your understanding and concern. And I urge you to get a skin cancer examination."

20/01/2004 17:26