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Jill Biden: US First Lady Undergoes Surgery to Remove Cancerous Skin Lesions
According to the president’s doctor, the First Lady of the United States, Jill Biden, has had surgery to remove two skin lesions that tested positive for malignancy. According to a memo that Dr. Kevin O’Connor submitted on Wednesday, both presented characteristics that were consistent with basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer.
According to the report, the lesions underwent a process called Mohs surgery, during which all malignant tissue was completely excised. Dr. O’Connor has reported that Mrs. Biden is “in good spirits and is feeling well.”
Earlier this month, Mrs. Biden underwent a normal screening for skin cancer, and as a result, her doctors recommended that a small lesion that was located just above her right eye be removed “out of an excess of caution.”
The surgery performed on Wednesday morning verified that the tumor was a basal cell carcinoma (BCC). According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, it is the form of cancer that occurs the most common and is responsible for the diagnosis of 3.6 million people in the United States each year.
BCCs have a relatively modest growth rate, can be cured, and cause only limited damage if caught and treated early. A second growth was removed from the first lady’s left eyelid, and a third growth was removed from the left side of her chest. Both of these growths were cancerous. The latter had characteristics that are consistent with possible BCC.
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During Mohs surgery, doctors remove and examine increasingly thinner layers of skin until they reach a point where they find no evidence of cancer. Patients are often released on the same day that they were admitted. It has been reported that Mrs. Biden is suffering from some face swelling as well as bruising; nonetheless, she is anticipated to return to the White House later on Wednesday.
The treatment took place mere hours after the Bidens had returned to Washington, D.C. after a trilateral summit in Mexico City, and President Joe Biden accompanied his wife, Jill, to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland, which is approximately 15 miles from the White House.
Before becoming vice president, Mr. Biden underwent Mohs surgery to have numerous non-melanoma skin tumors removed. This was before he became president. Dr. O’Connor noted in an assessment of the president’s health that was prepared in 2021 that the lesions that had been removed from the president’s skin and that “there are no regions suspect for skin cancer at this time.”