White House doctors dropped a Friday bombshell on an unsuspecting public confirming that President Joe Biden had a “cancerous” skin lesion removed from his chest as part of his health assessment in February.
Biden’s doctor revealed in a late Friday afternoon memo that skin tissue was removed during his health exam on Feb. 16 and was sent for a biopsy. Further testing revealed it was cancerous
Kevin O’Connor, the president’s physician, said: “The site of the biopsy has healed nicely and the President will continue dermatologic surveillance as part of his ongoing comprehensive healthcare.
“All cancerous tissue was successfully removed. no further treatment is required.”
O’Connor confirmed the lesion was basal cell carcinoma. He said:
“Basal cell carcinoma lesions do not tend to ‘spread’ or metastasize, as some more serious skin cancers such as melanoma or squamous cell carcinoma are known to do.”
According to The Hill:
The president previously had non-melanoma skin cancers removed before he was elected to the White House.
First lady Jill Biden earlier this year underwent Mohs surgery at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., to remove two skin lesions that were later determined to have been basal cell carcinomas.
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer, with more than 3 million cases diagnosed each year, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.
Because they grow slowly, they are typically treatable with minimal damage when caught early.
BREAKING: A skin lesion removed from President Joe Biden's chest last month was a basal cell carcinoma — a common form of skin cancer — his doctor said Friday, adding that no further treatment was required. https://t.co/Rm5veSHhk5— The Associated Press (@AP) March 3, 2023
Biden had cancer… pic.twitter.com/w65wafrqTh— @amuse (@amuse) March 3, 2023