Thursday, February 9, 2023

Cancerous lesions removed from Jill Biden’s eye and chest

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – Surgeons removed a cancerous lesion on first lady Jill Biden’s chest above her right eye on Wednesday, the White House announced. In addition, doctors are examining a third wound on his left eyelid.

The president’s physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, said tests confirmed that the lesion above Biden’s right eye and the newly discovered lesion on his chest were basal cell carcinoma. According to O’Connor’s report, the wound in his left eye was “completely removed … and sent for standard microscopic analysis.”

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer, but also the most curable. It is considered very treatable, especially when detected early. It is a slow-growing cancer that is usually confined to the surface of the skin. Doctors can almost always remove it completely with a shallow incision, and it rarely causes serious or life-threatening complications.

Biden and her husband, President Joe Biden, spent the day at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where the 71-year-old first lady underwent a routine outpatient procedure known as Mohs surgery to remove and analyze the lesion. . After about nine hours in the hospital, the President returned to the White House alone, with the First Lady scheduled to return to the Presidential Residence later.

O’Connor said the first lady was “experiencing some facial swelling and bruising, but was in good spirits and feeling fine.”

Basal cell carcinoma is so common that there is no reliable count. The American Cancer Society groups it with another easy-to-treat cancer, squamous cell. About 3.3 million Americans get one of these two types of cancer each year, and the majority of cases are basal cell carcinomas, according to the organization.

The First Lady’s office released a week earlier on January 4 in a memo O’Connor announced that doctors had found a lesion above her right eye during a routine checkup for skin cancer. Wounds extracted from his chest and left eyelid were discovered on Wednesday.

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