David Bauder, AP
Surgery at breakfast time is the latest odd television trend.
ABC weatherman Sam Champion had skin cancer cells removed from his shoulder live on Good Morning America this morning, publicizing his own health issues to make viewers more aware of their own. All three network morning shows have gone into operating rooms or doctors' offices the past two months.
CBS’ Harry Smith had a live colonoscopy on The Early Show. A Today series in March showed live brain and heart surgeries, and the birth of a baby by cesarean section.
There was a spate of surgeries on the air in the 1950s, mostly shot by a single camera and aired in prime-time documentaries. Now morning is the most common venue.
Champion tested positive for basal cell carcinoma and had the spot removed during a micrographic procedure done at the office of his doctor, Michele Pauporte. He's had four such areas of skin cancer removed in the past.
“A lot of people never, ever go see their doctors for these issues and they should,” said Jim Murphy, senior executive producer of Good Morning America. He's had 10 areas of skin cancer removed from his own body. Murphy said he thinks it provides an important service, and that he's often approached by people who say they've had medical conditions checked out after seeing something on the show.