US President Joe Biden had cancerous tissue removed, his doctor confirms

President Joe Biden  (AP)
President Joe Biden (AP)

US President Joe Biden’s February biopsy confirmed that a skin lesion removed from his chest was a basal cell carcinoma and all cancerous tissue was successfully removed, White House physician Kevin O’Connor said.

Biden, 80, will continue dermatologic surveillance as part of his ongoing healthcare but the site of the biopsy has healed and no further treatment is needed, the White House physician added.

O’Connor said in a letter released by the White House that basal cell carcinoma lesions do not tend to spread or metastasize.

The site of the biopsy has healed nicely, he said.

“No further treatment is required,” he added,

Biden had his second physical as president at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on 16 February. He, is the nation’s oldest sitting president.

O’Connor gave Biden a clean bill of health following the exam, stating he remained “fit for duty” and was able to fulfill his responsibilities “without any exemptions or accommodations.”

Before entering office, Biden had several non-melanoma skin cancers removed with Mohs surgery.