After paparazzi snapped photos of Melanie Griffith with a black eye in December 2009, a spokeswoman for the actress set the record straight for those speculating as to its cause: She had undergone surgery to remove early stage skin cancer from her face.
One form of surgery often used to remove basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas is called Mohs surgery. During the procedure, a surgeon removes the tumor layer by layer, examining it under a microscope, and preserving as much normal tissue as possible.
In 2013, the redheaded actor of Irish descent, known for his roles on the TV shows Sons of Anarchy and Vikings, noticed that a reddish, flaky bump he’d previously had removed from his scalp had come back. After a biopsy, Logue learned he had squamous cell carcinoma that had penetrated the underlying tissues. His dermatologist insisted he have surgery to remove it immediately.
“Now that I’ve had skin cancer,” says Logue, “I know I have to be extra-vigilant in the future: to check for new spots, to stay out of the sun if I can, to wear sunscreen when I can’t.” He adds, “Today, when I check my face in the mirror for new growths, I wish I could shake that young boy I once was — running around under the hot, desert sun without protection — for doing such ineradicable damage to his future skin.”
Logue grew up in the Southern California city of El Centro, near the Mexican border.