Jill Biden: Urgently see a doctor. What is the reason and why
On January 11, US First Lady Jill Biden underwent minor surgery.
The White House confirmed that Jill Biden underwent "an elective outpatient procedure commonly known as the Mohs operation," writes CNN.
Jill Biden had several skin lesions removed on her face and chest.
The first lady, 71, accompanied by President Joe Biden, spent more than eight hours at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for an outpatient procedure. Photo: Shutterstock.
According to White House physician Dr. Kevin O'Connor, the Biden lady underwent Mohs surgery to remove and examine a lesion above her right eye, which was recently discovered during a routine screening for skin cancer.
"The procedure confirmed that the small lesion was basal cell carcinoma," O'Connor wrote in a letter. All of the cancerous tissue was successfully removed and there were no residual skin cancer cells left at the edges.”
However, during a pre-op consultation, O'Connor noted that "an additional area of concern has been identified."
This area was also treated with a Mohs operation on Wednesday, which increased the duration of the entire procedure.
President Joe Biden accompanied her for most of the day at the Walter Reed Hotel.
The chest lesion was also confirmed to be a basal cell carcinoma, O'Connor said, and it was "successfully removed."
Basal cell carcinoma lesions do not tend to "spread" or metastasize, as is known in some of the more serious skin cancers, such as melanoma or squamous cell carcinoma. However, they can grow in size, which can lead to a more serious problem.
The White House said in a statement that the 71-year-old first lady is experiencing "some swelling of her face and bruising" after surgery, but is "doing well."