July 28th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain: Voters should not be concerned about my health

Catch the full interview on CNN's Larry King Live, 9 p.m. ET.
Catch the full interview on CNN's Larry King Live, 9 p.m. ET.

(CNN) - John McCain told CNN’s Larry King Monday that voters should not be concerned about his health, hours after the Arizona senator had a mole-like growth removed from his face.

McCain, who has had four malignant melanomas removed in the past, told reporters earlier in the day his doctor does not believe the latest growth is serious and was removed as a precautionary measure.

In the interview with King, McCain said he now takes precautions from the sun and is not concerned his skin cancer will return.

"Melanoma, if you look at it and be careful it's fine," he said. "I had one serious bout with it and that was frankly due to my own neglect. I let it go and go and go. In fact, I was running for president at the time. I'm not making that mistake again."

Three of McCain's past melanomas — 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.

McCain also said he gets a routine skin checkup every three months, and his doctor often removes small patches of skin to ensure he remains cancer free.

"We do it quite frequently for those of us that were young and had great exposure to the sun," he said. "As you know my dad was in the Navy and we lived in places where I was at the beach a lot, and I'm paying the price for that."

McCain's comments also came shortly after the Mayo clinic issued a statement on the procedure.

"This morning, as part of his commitment to monitor his dermatological health on a regular basis, Senator John McCain visited the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, for a routine examination. As a precaution, a biopsy was ordered of a very small area on Senator McCain's right cheek. This is a routine minor procedure," said Michael Yardley, Chair of Public Affairs at the Mayo Clinic/


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soundoff (139 Responses)
  1. Debby, NJ

    This man is not Presidental material America, no ordinary Employer would hire him. Wake up America ... BARACK THE VOTE !!!

    July 28, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  2. justin in CO

    i don't advocate taking words out of their context... except when it's funny. that said:

    "In fact, I was running for president at the time. I'm not making that mistake again."

    haha

    July 28, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  3. Allan

    I hope to see 4 years of McCain presidency, than one day of Obama.

    July 28, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  4. Travis-NC

    Why? You'll be the oldest elected president to date if you some how win. We should have the right to question your health.

    July 28, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  5. Shannon

    I'm suprised he went, was the press invited to take photos. I hear that's the only way he will go anywhere!

    July 28, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  6. Rich in Seattle

    Yeeeaaahhhhhh ssssuuuurrreeee. Let's take the country to a new direction by electing the oldest person EVER to be elected as President.

    July 28, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  7. Jeff Brown

    Paul Tsongas said the same thing when he was running for election and he was dead three years later!

    July 28, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  8. Gary

    I hope he is kidding. If you take a picture of Bill Clinton or the current President Bush from when they started their term and compare it with a photo from the end of their term, you can see what eight years of this job can do to a person.

    McCain's health IS an issue, especially considering what he will be walking into (if elected).

    July 28, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  9. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    Senator, please! We have to take into consideration every aspect of your health: physical, mental, and spiritual. Physically we need a robust candidate who does not need every weekend to rejuvinate his fading body. Mentally we need a candidate who is quick to wit and to tongue and whose mind a great new computer calcutates and operates. Sprititually we need a man who draws on the help of power far greater than his own and to prove a human of the utmost moral calibur. You, sir, fit not this mold but another neither thought of of yet told. You, like the lying lark sing the new morn long, but grow tired shortly of that effortless song.

    July 28, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  10. Yinka

    I pray that the skin cancer will not return in Jesus name. May all be well with Senatore McCain, except that I wish (for the sake of America) that Obama wins the election.

    July 28, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  11. Von from Lakeland, Fl.

    Broken shoulders, skin cancer, and a age bracket that would qualify him dibs at any nursing home in America. Clearly this man doesn't have the best health record, I fear if he were elected, the pressure alone would due him in within the first year.

    July 28, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  12. Texas trail puppy!

    SIMP July 28th, 2008 3:32 pm ET

    Texas Trail puppy

    do you have a more than one personality? You bash Obama in one blog then talk up mcsane. Then you bash mcsane in the next blog and talk up Obama. You are using up good space is all I can say.

    Obama all the way.

    Hi SIMP, You must be confusing me with some other poster. If you have been reading my comments you would notice that i've been consistenly Pro-Obama although i wouldn't put it past some GOP troll using my name to create confusion.
    Vote Obama '08, No, Never McSame.

    July 28, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    The mole looks evil. We have to bomb the mole.

    I know it's an insensitive thing to say, but hey this is the same man who makes jokes about killing Iraninan with cigarettes.

    July 28, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  14. Tell the truth

    I agree with that McCain but I stilling vote for Obama. Not because of your health. I'm voting on issues like health care, the war in Irag, gas prices that is why I'm voting for Obama

    July 28, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  15. mel

    Just and old war head that can not think of local issues. He
    must end the war in iraq.

    July 28, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  16. Texas Trail Dog!

    I WISH McCAIN AND OBAMA CONTINUED GOOD HEALTH. BUT NEITHER OF YOU ARE FIT OR QUALIFIED TO BE PRESIDENT. ONLY HILLARY FILLS THAT MOLD. HER HUSBAND LEFT THIS COUNTRY WITH 3-5 TRILLION DOLLARS IN ESCROW WHEN HE LEFT OFFICE. BUSH JR. GAVE THAT AWAY WITHIN 6-MONTHS. THEN HE PLUNGED US INTO WAR. WE NOW OWE 14 TRILLION DOLLARS. YOU TELL ME HOW THE ABOVE MENTIONED McCAIN & OBAMA HAS THE KNOW HOW TO CORRECT THIS. HILLARY IS THE ONLY QUALIFIED ONE TO FIT THIS JOB. WE AMERICANS GET WHAT WE DESERVE. FIRST WE VOTED JR IN AND NOW WE'RE PLUNGING AHEAD LIKE BLIND MICE TO PUT A MAN WHO COULD NOT SHINE BILL CLINTON'S SHOES INTO THE HIGHEST OFFICE OF THE LAND.

    July 28, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. EDW

    I disagree. I am most worried about his cognitive health. His is about the same age as my dad and he is starting to forget a lot. The gaffes that McCain has made in the last two weeks have been numerous. The recent interview with Stephanopolous is what makes it obvious. He called Putin the prime minister and General Petreaus the joint chief of staff. Both wrong, wrong, wrong....

    July 28, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. Texas Independent

    I wish all Americans had healthcare to have a quarterly checkup like the senator. I am happy he has that opportunity but imagine what others must sacrifice in cases like this

    July 28, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  19. TRUTH

    I don't see him getting through four years in the White House.

    July 28, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  20. Griff

    No! No! No! They should be more aware of the Countries Health..
    The won't be told.. So I give up now... Borack Obama is the "Worst Thing", that could happen to the USA.. My Pshychic's warn me over and over again... It took a long time for the USA, to get where it is Today: And now they want to throw it all Away...

    July 28, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  21. Carl Justus

    I am not sure of his physical health, but I am more concerned about his mental health.
    He keeps getting countries and groups of people mixed up. LIeberman had to correct him in Iraq and he has been talking about Iraq for 6 months. He should know Kurds from Sunni's and Shiites by now as much as he thinks he is informed on the subject and he tries toCzechoslovakia tell us he knows what he is talking about.
    Czechoslovakia has not been a country for many years and he gets that mixed up with Afghanistan. He has gotten other countries mixes up and I think he is in the very early stages of alzheimers disease. We cannot afford to take a chance on a president with the disease and I would not vote for him on a bet.

    July 28, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  22. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    Death comes to us all as does aging. The true hero, however, places the needs of his country before those desires of his own. If the hero's country need a man of youth, stamina, and sound mind, the real hero stands down. You have tried your best. You have gambled your best. But you have lost your best almost 8 years ago to another Republican and it is time for you to stand down. Senator, stand down or stand alone! Will history remember you a hero or a tired, defeated, ancient, impaired, desirous sack without memory and without a place in time the hero deserves?

    July 28, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  23. Chris - Hemet, Ca.

    Sorry John, that's not your decision to make for me. I'll decide if I need to worry or not.

    July 28, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  24. Mike D

    yeah, because you are very UNHEALTHY.

    July 28, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  25. Pam

    He's right. There are plenty of other reasons to not vote for McCain.

    July 28, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
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