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    Anderson Cooper's Cancer Scare

    Anderson Cooper's ready to resume the 360.

    The hard-news heartthrob returned to his nightly anchor seat Wednesday after two days away, chalking up his brief absence on a surgical procedure to remove a cancerous growth from his face.

    "On a personal note, I've been off for the last couple of days," the 40-year-old wrote on his CNN-sanctioned Anderson Cooper 360° blog Wednesday morning.

    "I had minor surgery on Monday. A small spot of skin cancer was removed from under my left eye. I hadn't planned on mentioning this, but I still have stitches and you'll no doubt notice them tonight."

    Cooper's spokesperson, Shimit Sheetrit, says there was no indication the cancer had spread any further.

    The CNN anchor, meanwhile, asked fans not to fret and even joked about his condition: "Don't want you to think I got into a fist fight with Charlie Rose."

    Cooper's PBS peer debuted his own camera-unfriendly facial features on Monday night's show, complete with a sizable black left eye and a bandage above his eyebrow.

    Rose's bruises were the result of a sidewalk faceplant suffered while he was trying to rescue an airborne MacBook Air.

    As for Cooper, his  triumphant return to the airwaves will feature a one-on-one with Senator Barack Obama, whom the cancer-free newsman will catch up with on the campaign trail.

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