Jesse Tyler Ferguson, the actor best known for his role as Mitchell Pritchett in the hit comedy series “Modern Family,” has announced that he has had cancer removed from his face. The actor took to social media to make the announcement and to encourage his fans to get themselves checked regularly for the disease.
“Thank you to Dr. Bennett & his entire team for taking the cancer out of my face. Good luck hiding the stitches tomorrow,” wrote Ferguson Tuesday, as he captioned a photo of himself on Instagram. In it, he showed off his bandaged right cheek. He also hinted that he would be on the “Modern Family” set the next day by tagging @modernfamily_makeuphair !
The actor appeared to be in good spirits on set, and even posted a family photo featuring himself with his on-screen husband, Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and their daughter Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons). However, he strategically cropped off the side of his cheek, leaving it a mystery if the makeup team was able to completely conceal his stitches.
On Twitter, the actor confirmed that he had a skin cancer scare, but is now cancer-free following his operation. Thanks to early detection, he was able to catch the disease early. Ferguson is no stranger to cancer treatments and the importance of early diagnosis. According to E! News, his husband, Justin Mikita, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when he was only 13 years old. Since then, he has been getting yearly check-ups to determine if he is still cancer-free.
Thanks for all the well wishes! I'm feeling great & happy to be skin cancer free. Reminding you to get checked often by your Dermotoligist!
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) December 9, 2015
Despite his health scare, Ferguson has a lot to be thankful for. He has been nominated, along with the rest of the cast of “Modern Family,” for the best TV ensemble in a comedy in the Screen Actors Guild Awards. The nomination could potentially give them their fifth win in the same category.
“Modern Family” Season 7 returns Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC.