Laura Bush Has Skin Cancer Tumor Removed From Leg

The AP just reported that Laura Bush had a skin cancer tumor removed:

First Lady Laura Bush had a skin cancer tumor removed from her right shin in early November. The procedure was not disclosed until Monday night.

The cancer was identified as a squamous cell carcinoma, a malignant tumor that is the second most common form of skin cancer.

Explaining why the procedure was not disclosed until now, the first lady’s press secretary Susan Whitson said, “This medical procedure was a private matter for Mrs. Bush, but when asked by the media today, we answered the question.”

The First Lady had a biopsy on the sore in October:

Mrs. Bush did not appear to have difficulty walking at a Hanukkah reception at the White House on Monday but a bandage was visible below her right knee.

Mrs. Bush had a biopsy of a small sore on her leg in late October, revealing a squamous cell carcinoma, the second most common type of skin cancer, Susan Whitson, spokeswoman for the first lady, told Reuters.

Mrs. Bush had the small growth removed from the shin area of her right leg shortly after Election Day on Nov. 7, she said.

“Because of Mrs. Bush’s early detection and treatment, the area on her leg is healing well and it has not interrupted her schedule,” Whitson said.

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