Rep Calls Eric Dane Cancer Story A 'Misrepresentation'
First Published: February 6, 2008 6:55 PM EST Credit: ABC
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- OK! Magazine is running a cover story about "Grey's Anatomy," star Eric Dane titled, "My Fight Against Cancer." However, a rep for Dane has told Access Hollywood the cover of the magazine is a "misrepresentation."
The actor's reps confirm to Access, that he did have malignant tissue removed, but stressed Eric "does NOT have cancer."
Yet Dane, who plays Dr. Mark "McSteamy" Sloan on the hit television show, reportedly encountered his own real life medical scare earlier this year.
In the article, the actor reportedly opens up to OK! Magazine about his procedure to have malignant tissue removed.
He first noticed a problem while looking in the mirror, at what he first thought were chapped lips.
"I went to my dermatologist. He said it was malignant tissue caused by sun damage," Eric tells OK!.
He underwent a treatment procedure that uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the cancerous tissue. He was then given a cream for his lips to use following the treatment, to which he had a severe reaction.
"My skin is very sensitive and my lip was traumatized by the procedure I had to go through," says Eric.
The actor's lip complications from the cream made it extremely difficult for him to eat.
"I didn’t eat very well for a couple of weeks and lost a bunch of weight," he tells OK!.
Eric's health scare was also harrowing for his wife — fellow actress, Rebecca Gayheart.
The stress of Eric's potential life-threatening disease was apparent to a Hollywood insider during the couple's attendance at the SAG Awards.
"You could tell she was carrying the worries of the world on her shoulders. Lots of people inside knew everything wasn't quite right. It was obvious they had a lot on their minds," the insider tells OK!.
"Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States," dermatologist Dr. Micki Ly tells OK!. "More than a million cases are diagnosed annually."
Eric admits to not being diligent about using the proper protection.
"This is probably something that happened so long ago, but you past the point of no return with this stuff," Eric says, "I wasn't so vigilant then, I am now. And I think everybody should be."
Luckily, Eric acted quickly, sought out medical attention avoiding further complications from the malignant tissue.
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