What is basal cell carcinoma, the skin cancer Biden just had

Just over two weeks ago, President Biden had skin cancer, but today, he doesn’t. According to a White House physician’s memo on Friday, doctors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center removed a lesion off his chest on Feb. 16, treated the area around the tumor site, and that was that. The president’s cancer might be cause for more concern were it not for the type: basal cell carcinoma.

“It’s probably the most common human cancer,” said Ann Silk, a medical oncologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute who treats skin cancers. “If you have to get cancer, it’s kind of a good one to have because it’s easy to remove. This is an easily curable cancer that should not impact one’s quality of life, prognosis, or survival.”

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