July 28th, 2008
04:42 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain has mole removed

McCain is wearing a bandage after a mole was removed from his head.
McCain is wearing a bandage after a mole was removed from his head.

(CNN) – John McCain had a mole-like growth removed Monday from his temple, the McCain campaign said.

Doctors did not think the growth was cause for concern, but it was removed as a precautionary measure, the campaign said. It was noticed during McCain's standard three-month checkup and a biopsy on the mole was planned.

McCain was wearing a bandage on his face as a result of the procedure, but has since removed it.

McCain has had four malignant melanomas removed in the past. Three of them - on his left shoulder, left arm and left nasal wall - were limited to the top skin layer and were not invasive. They were removed in 1993, 2000 and 2002, and all were declared Stage 0, of little long-term concern.

But a fourth melanoma proved to be invasive and was removed from his left lower temple in 2000. He has since been cancer-free.

UPDATE: Speaking with reporters Monday, McCain said he is confident the removed mole is nothing major.

"As I do every three months, [I] visited my dermatologist this morning, she said I was doing fine, took a small little nick from my cheek, as she does regularly, and that will be biopsied, just to make sure that everything is fine," he said.

"But I want to again urge all Americans to wear sunscreen particularly this summer, stay out of the sun as much as possible. Wear sunscreen, and if you ever have any slight discoloration, please go to your dermatologist or your doctor, and get it checked up on. Melenoma is a preventable occurrence. It really is," he also said.


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soundoff (384 Responses)
  1. Gary

    Good think they weren't doing a CT of his brain.
    It would be all shriveled up and barely firing.

    This man is too OLD to be POTUS.

    July 28, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. Ted van Tol

    JOHN MC CAIN IS DESPERITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A new McCain ad says Obama "made time to go to the gym, but canceled a visit with wounded troops. Seems the Pentagon wouldn't allow him to bring cameras."

    McCain's facts are literally true, but his insinuation – that the visit was canceled because of the press ban or the desire for gym time – is false. In fact, Obama visited wounded troops earlier – without cameras or press – both in the U.S. and Iraq. And his gym workouts are a daily routine.

    The Obama campaign canceled the visit with wounded troops at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, Obama says, when he learned that the Pentagon would not allow him to bring along a retired Air Force major general who is serving as a foreign policy adviser to the campaign. Obama says that "triggered then a concern that maybe our visit was going to be p

    July 28, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. ben

    Although I will not vote for McCain, I do wish him well and hope this is not some thing serious.

    July 28, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. trust

    I'm glad to hear that it doesn't sound serious.

    July 28, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. Still w/ Hill

    Eww.

    July 28, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    McBush had his head removed? It's been up his butt for so long, how could anyone tell?

    OBAMA '08

    July 28, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Now THAT is news!!!

    July 28, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. dormar

    I do not care he is a lying man

    July 28, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. SIMP

    UGHHHH!!! how is this news. Nobody wants to know about his moles and bandages. It's hard enough to look at this gargoyle let's not print his moles activity.

    July 28, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. guy

    old man.

    July 28, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. Jay Jay - Informed Voter

    McCain has mole removed........Three Hours Later.....McCain's mole reappeared...............

    Tell me, What is McCain's Mole.....McCain's mole = Flip-Flop

    Flip Flop is the most cherished talent of McCain

    So how can u separate a man from his talent??

    NEVER! McCain is the same old thing, with or without the mole.

    McCain, A name synonymous to Flip-Flop

    I am John McCain and I approve this message

    July 28, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Independent Voter

    mcinsane continues to fall apart each day physically as well as mentally...someone please put him in an old folks home before he looses it completely!

    Welcome Home President Obama!!

    Obama 2008 & 2012

    July 28, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. Dani Evans

    First Obama's hip now McCain's mole. Is this really news we can use?

    July 28, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. Jay Jay - Informed Voter

    McCain has mole removed……..Three Hours Later…..McCain's mole reappeared……………

    Tell me, What is McCain's Mole…..McCain's mole = Flip-Flop

    Flip Flop is the most cherished talent of McCain

    So how can u separate a man from his talent??

    NEVER! McCain is the same old thing, with or without the mole.

    McCain, A name synonymous to Flip-Flop

    I am John McCain and I approve this message

    July 28, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. marvinj

    All those years in captivity behind so called enemy lines the target of YES that good old Agent Orange and all the other Rainbow Herbicides, purple, pink and green. So you figure it out!!!

    July 28, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  16. Michael, Orlando, Florida.

    Good luck McCain. But can we really trust the doctors??? I am having feelings they were hiding the diagnosis until after November. The fact remain that McCain's health matter more than the presidency. This man could win the election but have few months to live. The doctors need to act ASAP. Keeping the info from public would really destroy the trust of all physicians. goodluck McCain.

    July 28, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. CHANGE is NECESSARY (a republican)

    Poor guy...can you imagine what 4 years as President would be like? Being president is stressful enough, but geez. I'm starting to really worry about this guy. How will he have the strength and endurance to clean up after Bush's mess. I'm a republican, but let's be brutally honest...

    July 28, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. Obama-Junkie, IL

    Hmmm...as much I as hate to see nearly anyone struck with disease or cancer, the "serious" skin cancer that McCain has will not get better as he goes forward in life at the age of 71. With news of Ted Kennedy, and now Bob Novak boughts with brain tumors, this just reminds the American public that McCain is only 3 to 6 years younger than these folks.

    July 28, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. Dr. Sam

    CNN COVER-UP CONTINUES. What a shame, as if we live in the Iron-Curtain.

    July 28, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. Shari, NY

    The two candidates need a little time out.

    July 28, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. Obama-Junkie, IL

    The bigger question that will be coming out shortly is that removed mole cancerous.

    July 28, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. Eric

    Once again another attempt to stay in the media. Sen Obama goes for a check up for his hip and now Sen McCain goes to get a mole removed.

    This is not news btw.

    July 28, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. NEXT!!!

    Who Cares!!!Maybe due to Much SURGE!!!!

    July 28, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  24. karen-phoenix

    Besides, the man is just tooooo old!!! Out with old and in with the new! Peace is Patriotic!! NO MORE WARS!!! Peace is prosperity.

    July 28, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. Nsikan, MD

    I wish our opponent a speedy recovery and God's blessings for long life. Get well soon Sen McCain!

    July 28, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
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