First Lady Jill Biden had two cancerous lesions removed Wednesday. The White House doctor said in a memo.
The first woman, 71, went to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to have a small wound. Above her right eye removed. It was discovered during a skin cancer screening.
“The procedure confirmed that the small lesion was basal cell carcinoma.” Dr. Kevin O’Connor said in a statement.
A second lesion, also confirmed to be basal cell carcinoma, was found on. The left side of Biden’s chest during his pre-operative consultation, his memo said. Both were removed in an outpatient procedure known as Mohs surgery.
While they were preparing him for the procedure, hospital.
Staff discovered another bruise on his left eyelid. Which was removed and was being examined, O’Connor said.
“Again, all cancerous tissue was removed,” he added.
O’Connor said that “as expected,” Biden is “experiencing some facial swelling and bruising.” After the outpatient procedure “but is in good Jill Biden spirits and feeling well.” Adding, “He will be back at the White House later today.”
Vanessa Valdivia, the first lady’s press secretary, later said Biden was “doing well.” After returning to the White House on Wednesday evening.
“He sends his love and gratitude to all the doctors and nurses at Walter Reed for their skill. Care and kindness, and appreciates those who have sent him well. Wishes and prayers,” Valdivia said.
Basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer, is treatable if it is detected early. It affects the basal cells of the upper layer of the skin.
O’Connor noted that basal cell carcinoma lesions tend not to “spread” or metastasize. as some more serious skin cancers, such as melanoma or squamous cell carcinoma, are known to do. But, they have the potential to increase in size. , resulting in a more significant problem as well as an increased. Challenge for surgical removal.”