Biden had an area of his skin affected by cancer removed
President Joe Biden had an affected area of skin on his chest removed in February that turned out to be basal cell carcinoma, a common form of skin cancer, White House physician Kevin O’Connor said, noting that no additional treatment was needed.
All of the cancerous tissue was successfully removed, the White House doctor said, adding that Biden will continue to be monitored by dermatologists as part of routine medical care, but the removed area has already healed.
Doctors declared the 80-year-old Biden healthy and “fit for duty” after an examination in February.Then they reported that a small patch of skin on his chest had been removed and sent for biopsy.
In his letter, O’Connor noted that basal cell carcinomas usually do not spread or metastasize.
Biden’s health is the subject of intense scrutiny as he prepares for an expected run for a second term in 2024. His wife, Jill Biden, has said he plans to run, though there has been no official statement of the president’s intentions yet.
Whether Biden, already America’s oldest president, should run again for the White House presidency is a subject of debate among Democrats.
Biden’s three-hour meeting with doctors at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington was his second extensive medical examination since taking office in January 2021.
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