Cancerous lesion removed from President Joe Biden's chest

March 5, 2023

A cancerous lesion was removed from President Joe Biden's chest last month during his annual physical, according to his Dr. Kevin O'Connor on Friday.

The skin lesion was removed on Feb. 16 during a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

The details

“'As expected,' the biopsy revealed that the small lesion was basal cell carcinoma, the president’s physician wrote in a memo. All of the cancerous tissue was successfully removed at the time of the biopsy," Breitbart News reported.

"Since the removal of the lesion, the president’s chest has 'healed nicely.' The memo noted that the president will continue to be under dermatologic surveillance, which is part of his 'ongoing comprehensive healthcare,'" it added.

Biden's doctor did not expect further treatment over the issue other than ongoing monitoring, according to the memo.

"Basal cell carcinoma lesions do not tend to 'spread' or metastasize, unlike melanoma or squamous cell carcinomas, Dr. O'Connor noted in his report," the Blaze noted.

"BCC is the most common form of skin cancer in the most frequently occurring, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. An estimated 3.6 million cases are diagnosed yearly in the United States," it added.

Past cancer concerns

"The president previously had nonmelanoma skin cancers removed before he was elected to the White House," The Hill reported.

"First lady Jill Biden earlier this year underwent Mohs surgery at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., to remove two skin lesions that were later determined to have been basal cell carcinomas," it added. Biden's son Beau Biden also died of brain cancer in 2015 at the age of 46.

The concerns add to other questions about Biden running for a second term due to his health and age. At 80, he is already the nation's oldest-sitting president and would be 86 at the end of a second term.

It is encouraging to hear that Biden's treatment was successful but many Americans continue to have questions about his ongoing health and ability to lead the nation following his latest medical procedure. The concerns will also likely serve as part of attacks from Republicans as the 2024 presidential campaign heats up in the months ahead.

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