Kelly Ripa’s shocking discovery led to Andy Cohen’s skin cancer scare

Andy Cohen and Kelly Ripa attend Andy Cohen & SiriusXM celebrate the launch of Cohen's New, Exclusive SiriusXM Channel, Radio Andy, at PHD Rooftop Lounge at The Dream Downtown in New York City on October 22, 2015 in New York City. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for SiriusXM

Andy Cohen made a shocking revelation while co-hosting on Live! With Kelly on Friday, that made us wish we all had a best friend like Kelly Ripa in our lives! The guru for all things Real Housewives opened up about being diagnosed with skin cancer earlier this year and how the Stratford native helped discover it.

Back in April, Kelly and her husband Mark Consuelos noticed a black discoloration on the Bravo star’s lip which they’d never seen before. The two were greatly concerned about it and urged him to get it checked out by a dermatologist. Andy was initially nonchalant about it, putting his skin care appointment off again and again. Luckily, the power of persistence on Kelly’s end convinced him to get it looked at and now he’s beyond thankful he listened to her advice.

The black dot turned out to be melanoma! Although doctors were forced to remove a significant chunk from his lip, Andy reassured viewers everything is fine now and his lip has healed very nicely.

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“I just want to thank you,” Andy told Kelly on the show. “That’s a good friend. It really taught me, because I am tanorexic. I love the sun, and I really do, but just be careful. I, of course, never thought that kind of thing would happen to me, and it will change my relationship to the sun. But you really helped me out there. Thank you for staying on me. I’m very grateful that you did that.”

Andy, who recently caught up with OMJ at his Jersey City book signing, has never been afraid to speak candidly about his personal life. This life-changing experience was a serious wake up call for him. After embracing in an emotional hug, both Andy and Kelly urged their viewers to get themselves checked out immediately.

We’re so happy you’re in good health Andy and thankful Kelly has a keen eye for detail!