Luke Bradnam health scare: The popular Channel Nine weather presenter has had aggressive skin cancer removed, his identical twin brother Ash reveals
Popular news presenter Luke Bradnam underwent emergency surgery to remove ‘aggressive’ skin cancer from his torso.
The 9 News Gold Coast weather reporter went under the knife on Thursday after an inconspicuous mark on his ribcage turned out to be ‘aggressive’ melanoma.
“My brother got a melanoma cut yesterday – it’s super aggressive,” Nova radio host Ash Bradnam told co-hosts Susie O’Neill and David “Luttsy” Lutteral on Friday.
“They cut six millimeters off him, so they lost six millimeters, and now he has to wait and see if he has this thing called clear margins, the doctor thinks that’s confident because they got into it. so fast.”
Luke Bradnam (left) underwent emergency surgery to remove ‘aggressive’ skin cancer from his torso (Also pictured L-R: Bradnam’s wife Lauren Bradnam, twin brother Ash Bradnam and his wife Jodie Bradnam)
Ash said his twin brother first noticed a mole on his collarbone, which turned out to be benign, before a mark on his side raised concerns during an examination.
“Turns out that mole on the collarbone is okay,” Ash said.
“It was like it was made worse or something.
“The mole that was the danger was on his right rib cage, it looked like a mark, he said it was like the size of half a match head,” he added.
If it hadn’t been for the benign mole on Luke’s collarbone, Ash warns, the malignant mole might have gone unnoticed.
The 9 News Gold Coast weather reporter (pictured) initially had a mark on his collarbone which turned out to be benign
Luke Bradnam’s (pictured, with wife Lauren Bradnam) twin brother Ash shared the news with his Nova co-hosts Susie O’Neill and David “Luttsy” Lutteral on Friday.
“What’s crazy is if he didn’t have that mole on his collarbone – it’s the kind of thing that in a short time – because apparently once he gets goes deeper into your skin, if it gets into your lymph nodes, then it’s like it’s on a highway to wherever it wants, and then you’re in big trouble,” he recalls.
The radio host has booked for a skin check next Thursday amid concerns for his own health as he shares the same genetic makeup as his brother.
“I get tested because I haven’t been tested in a long time. I’m actually a little nervous about it,” he said.
Ash urged listeners to check out any unusual spots themselves, even if they have no family history of skin cancer.
“Our parents didn’t have it, so we were like, ‘Oh, we have great skin’ – but lo and behold, my identical twin brother did, so the same genetics.”