For years now, there has been a great hullabaloo about Joe Biden’s health, and with good reason: This is the oldest President that has ever been inaugurated to a first term, and his consistently bizarre commentary has more than a few Americans concerned about his mental acuity.
Beyond that, of course, Biden’s age is worrisome, and the latest news from the White House medical staff isn’t going to provide much comfort.
The results from a biopsy done on a skin lesion removed from President Biden’s chest last month confirmed that the growth was basal cell carcinoma – a type of skin cancer that does not tend to spread — White House physician Kevin O’Connor said in a memo on Friday.
“All cancerous tissue was successfully removed,” O’Connor said in his memo, noting that the area around the biopsy site had been treated at the time of Biden’s physical, meaning that no further treatment is required. He said the biopsy site had “healed nicely.”
The White House didn’t appear overtly concerned about the results.
O’Connor said basal cell carcinoma does not metastasize, making it is a “less serious” type of skin cancer than melanoma or squamous cell carcinoma. But basal cell carcinoma can increase in size, making it harder to remove, he said.
First Lady Jill Biden has also recently had basal cell carcinoma removed.
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