US President Joe Biden had a cancerous skin lesion removed from his chest in February

US President Joe Biden, 80, had a cancerous skin lesion successfully removed from his chest in February, his doctor said on Friday.

Biden’s physician, Kevin O’Connor, said in a report made public by the White House, that the lesion, found during a routine medical examination, was a basal cell carcinoma, which “does not have a tendency to ‘spread’ or metastasize.” “No further treatment is required.”

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The wound was drained during Biden’s annual medical checkup on February 16, after which the president was declared “fit for duty”.

“The site of the biopsy has healed well and the president will continue dermatological monitoring as part of his comprehensive healthcare,” O’Connor said in Friday’s report.

He noted that basal cell carcinomas were generally more harmless than “more serious skin cancers such as melanoma or squamous cell carcinoma.”

O’Connor said, “President Biden remains a healthy, vigorous, 80-year-old male who is fit to successfully perform the duties of the presidency, which include chief executive, head of state and commander in chief.” After Biden’s medical examination in February.

The checkup was the last before an expected announcement by Biden, the oldest person ever to become US president, to declare he would seek re-election in 2024.

In the February appointment, Biden completed a series of tests he started last year at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, a complex with a presidential facility in the Washington suburbs.

O’Connor wrote at the time that the president had “spent a good deal of time in the sun in his youth” and had been regularly treated to remove localized, non-melanoma skin cancer.

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