President Joe Biden had a skin lesion removed from his chest last month, and his doctor confirmed on Friday that it was a basal cell carcinoma, a common type of skin cancer and that no further treatment was necessary.
Biden’s longstanding doctor, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, reported that “all malignant tissue was effectively removed” at the president’s routine examination on February 16.
During that physical examination, conducted just weeks before announcing his projected candidacy for reelection in 2024, O’Connor found that Biden, 80, was “healthy, active,” and “fit” to undertake his White House responsibilities.
According to O’Connor, the president will continue having routine skin screenings as part of his usual care, adding that the removal site on Biden’s chest had “healed wonderfully.”
When detected early, basal cells are among the most prevalent and relatively treatable types of cancer.
According to O’Connor, they are removed because they tend to grow rather than spread as other malignancies do.
According to O’Connor’s Feb. 16 evaluation of the president’s health, Biden had “many localized non-melanoma skin tumors” removed from his body before he began serving as president.
O’Connor noted that it was generally known that Biden spent much time in the sun when he was younger.