Dáithí Ó Sé opens up about skin cancer diagnosis

Pic: Gerard McCarthy 

Dáithí Ó Sé has revealed that he was diagnosed with skin cancer earlier this year.

The Today Show presenter explained that he believed he had an ingrown hair but realised quickly that it was much more sinister.

He explained that he noticed a spot in his eyebrow that “wasn’t going away”.

“I was covering it up with make-up in work and when I was taking it off after the show the spot was getting agitated and part of it would scab up and come off,” he told The Irish Times.


“I went in thinking they’d take out the freezing gas or laser it, but she was pretty sure it was a form of skin cancer.”

The Kerryman was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, a common form of skin cancer. Thankfully, he was told that he had a rare form of the disease.

Last month he was given the all-clear although the experience was thoroughly terrifying.

He explained that his diagnosis “frightened the life out of [him]”.

Dáithí Ó Sé

“She checked the rest of my glands to make sure it hadn’t spread and it hadn’t, which gave me a bit of comfort, but it still came as a massive shock,” he confessed.

“All of a sudden I was that person that had skin cancer. I was told to wear factor 50 for the rest of my life, winter and summer, no matter what the weather. I even have to apply it on the backs of my hands and on my ears.”

But thankfully the story has a happy ending as he was given the all clear in the end.

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