(NewsGlobal.com)- A lesion removed by surgeons from First Lady Jill Biden’s eye was removed last week. Dr. Kevin O’Connor, the physician to President Joe Biden, said that the lesions were non-cancerous, according to Newsmax.
A memo released by the White House stated that the lesion was seborrheic keratosis, a “very common, totally harmless, non-cancerous growth.” But other lesions above Biden’s right eye and on her chest were cancerous and confirmed to be basal cell carcinoma, which is the most common type of skin cancer and the most curable form.
Basal cell carcinoma is considered highly treatable when discovered early. Doctors can remove the cancer that grows slowly on the surface of the skin with a shallow incision.
“Dr. Biden is recovering nicely from her procedures,” O’Connor wrote. “She experienced some anticipated mild bruising and swelling, but feels very well.”
Earlier this month, O’Connor wrote in a memo that the procedure, known as Mohs surgery, will “remove and definitively examine the tissue.” Jill Biden was accompanied by her husband to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
The surgery reportedly involved cutting thin layers of skin to determine if there are any signs of cancer. If there are cancerous cells, then the goal is to remove them without cutting the healthy skin. The procedure is also called Mohs micrographic surgery and reduces the need for other treatments or surgery. After the four-hour surgery, most people are usually allowed to return home.
The first lady also underwent surgery in April 2021 although details about the matter were not released. The White House described the event as “common,” and the president reportedly accompanied his wife to the outpatient center near George Washington University. They returned to the White House just two hours later.