The first lady, Jill Biden, underwent surgery to remove two malignant tumors from her chest and eye.
The news was announced in a press statement by President Joe Biden’s physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor.
Dr. Biden conducted an outpatient Mohs procedure at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, per O’Connor’s records, “to remove and analyze a tiny lesion above her right eye.”
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, basal cell carcinoma is the most frequent type of skin cancer, and doctors eventually determined that the lesion was one of them.
O’Connor added that “all malignant tissues was effectively removed” and that he will “watch the area attentively as it heals.” The margins had absolutely no skin cancer cells.
He doesn’t think she will require any additional surgery.
During the procedure, medical professionals found “a well-circumscribed, tiny lesion” on the first lady’s left eyelid. It was successfully removed, according to O’Connor, and “submitted for routine microscopic analysis.”
Doctors also discovered a lesion that had basal cell carcinoma. It had, according to O’Connor, “effectively been eliminated.”
Lesions from basal cell carcinoma aren’t known to “spread,” in contrast to more dangerous varieties of skin cancer like melanoma or squamous cell carcinoma, the expert continued.
According to O’Connor, they could enlarge and become more difficult to get rid of.
Jill Biden, who “is experiencing some facial swelling and bruising, but is in excellent spirits and is feeling well,” will go back to the White House “later today,” according to O’Connor.
In an email to Valdivia earlier this month, O’Connor claimed in a press statement that the lesions were found “during a routine skin cancer screening” by medical personnel.
On World Cancer Day, Biden distributed a message to the American public in which he stated: “Life is busy. Over the past two years, a global epidemic has occurred in addition to everything else that has been going on in our lives. There is a never-ending list of things to do, in addition to work, family, commute, and errands.
I understand, she said. A cancer screening is the last thing you want to do or have time for. But on this World Cancer Day, I implore you to temporarily put your health above all else. The past two years of the epidemic may have seen you neglect to obtain a pap smear, colonoscopy, mammography, or any other crucial cancer screening, but cancer doesn’t stop for COVID if you’re like millions of other Americans.
Given this, Biden gave the following advice: “If you’ve put off visiting the doctor, schedule your appointment right away. Avoid delaying any longer.
Since the tragic death of the president’s son Beau from brain illness in 2015, the first lady and her family have openly spoken how cancer has affected their life and urged others to seek to lessen the suffering it causes.
Her most recent letter, which she signed “XO, Jill,” stated that “Cancer hits all of us in some manner, and it doesn’t care whether you’re busy.”