Bassnectar announced that he had recently been diagnosed with skin cancer in a Facebook post on Wednesday, and in the same post, he reported that he underwent a successful operation this week to remove the cancer.
“It was extremely scary, because it was about an inch under my left eye and they didn’t know how deep until they started trying to remove it,” the producer wrote. “There was fear that it could have fanned out and potentially spread too close to my eye.” Luckily that was not the case: “100% removed, zero complications.”
After reporting on his condition — and advising regular sunscreen application and visits to the doctor — Bassnectar took a moment to reflect on the value of life more generally, recounting a recent conversation with a burn victim. “That talk was an amazing inspiration to me,” the producer noted. “It put things into perspective since no matter how bad things may be, they can always be worse.”
“When you start comparing yourself to others, and what they have or what you lack, you start to focus on your deficiencies, and become ungrateful,” he continued. “So this is a renewed resolution to spend my time being grateful for what I have, as opposed to being ungrateful for what I don’t have. And also to wear a ton of sunscreen. So if you see me around and I have tons of white stuff smeared all over my face, you’ll know I’m just doin’ me.”
Read his entire note below.