The lesion removed from President Joe Biden‘s chest during his second physical last month was cancerous, White House doctor Dr. Kevin O’Connor shared Friday.
“As expected, the biopsy confirmed that the small lesion was basal cell carcinoma,” O’Connor stated. “All cancerous tissue was successfully removed. … No further treatment is required.”
“Basal cell carcinoma lesions do not tend to ‘spread’ or metastasize, as some more serious skin cancers such as melanoma or squamous cell carcinoma are known to do,” O’Connor elaborated. “They do, however, have the potential to increase in size, resulting in a more significant issue as well as increased challenges for surgical removal.”
The White House physician said that the “site of the biopsy has healed nicely and the President will continue dermatologic surveillance as part of his ongoing comprehensive healthcare.”
Biden had his second physical as president performed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on February 16th. It’s worth noting that Biden is the nation’s oldest sitting president at 80.
However, those concerns do not seem to be shared by O’Connor, who said the president is “fit for duty” and that he is fully capable of filling his responsibilities “without any exemptions or accommodations.”
Before entering the oval office, Biden had several non-melanoma skin cancers removed by Mohs surgery.
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