Hey Hey it’s Saturday star John Blackman will undergo MORE operations after doctors were forced to remove his jaw to save him from skin cancer – while promising to return to TV
- John Blackman will undergo more facial surgery at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne
- The 72-year-old had his jaw removed to remove cancer cells in September 2018
- His surgeon adds another skin graft over his chin to prevent him from dribbling
- He said his health is not as bad as it looks and looks forward to performing again
Hey Hey it’s Saturday star John Blackman will undergo further surgery after doctors were forced to remove his jaw to save him from aggressive skin cancer.
The actor and TV personality go under the knife Friday at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne to prevent what he called a “gutter” in his mouth dribbles.
The 72-year-old was operated on in September 2018 with his jaw completely removed and replaced with a reformed part of his fibula.
Blackman temporarily lost his voice after surgery, but said his health problems were not as bad as they seemed.
John Blackman goes back under the knife for another operation to prevent him dribbling after his jaw was removed to remove cancer cells in September 2018
“I’m not so bad … I sound terrible and I probably look terrible, but believe it or not, I am a very, very healthy 72-year-old,” he said Nine news.
Blackman was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma in 2018 after he found a lump on his chin that he thought was a pimple.
Dickie Knee’s former voice in the popular variety show said he has a new appreciation for people with disabilities and their resilience after his 18-month fight against cancer.
“Sometimes it’s like Groundhog Day, every morning I wake up and look in the mirror and think” maybe today it will change “but it’s still there,” Blackman said.
Blackman (photo on the far left) spent 28 years on Hey Hey It’s Saturday as the voice behind Dickie Knee
WHAT IS BASAL CELL CARCINOMA?
Basal cell carcinoma cells usually develop on parts of the body that are often exposed to the sun.
They form in the outer layer of the skin and are good for approximately 70% of non-melanoma skin cancer.
Basal cell carcinoma tends to grow slowly without spreading to other parts of the body.
Blackman’s plastic surgeons will graft the skin of his thighs and place it over the existing graft on his chin before there is room for dentists to work on his teeth.
He has learned to speak words since his previous jaw operation and is determined to perform again.
“I’m pretty determined to come back for a crowd and for a microphone, but I have to go through the entire learning process again,” he said.
Blackman for his jaw operation in April 2004. He hopes to come back for a crowd and to act after his recovery