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In the company of her husband, President Joe Biden, Jill Biden was taken to Walter Reed National Medical Center Wednesday for minor surgery to remove a skin lesion near her right eye.
White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed that she underwent a “scheduled outpatient procedure, commonly known as Mohs surgery.” The procedure is under local anesthesia and is considered very effective, if done on time, to eradicate skin cancer formations.
On January 4, the White House released a statement from the presidential doctor, Kevin O’Connor, about a “dermatological intervention by the first lady.”
In the note, O’Connor indicated that “a small lesion” had been detected above the first lady’s right eye and that “as a precaution” they had decided to remove it and examine the tissue.
Basal cell carcinoma is the most curable form of skin cancer. It is a slow-growing cancer that is usually limited to the surface of the skin; doctors can almost always remove it with a shallow incision, and it rarely causes serious or life-threatening complications.
O’Connor said that the first lady was “experiencing some swelling and bruising on her face, but is in good spirits and feeling fine”. She was expected to return to the White House in the evening.
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