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

McCain has mole removed

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(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. Pamela

    Hope everything's OK Senator....

    Too bad some Americans have to pray their moles are not cancerous since they cannot afford insurance.

    OBAMA '08

    July 28, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. bowiemd

    mccain i wish you well. you said you would run a clean campaigan but you are taking up where bush@rove left off. you and your wife said you would run on issue mccain you and your party dont get it people are tired of that kind of politics. that why you and your party will lose.. go obma

    July 28, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. William Marley

    In literary parlance, we call this "book-ending."

    July 28, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  4. Carolyn

    Gee CNN. McCain had a mole removed and Obama saw a doctor for his hip. Two blogs on the subject. Is this the best you can do CNN?

    July 28, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |

    Hope all's well with Mr. McCain.

    Cancer suxs!


    July 28, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  6. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Some keeps blogging that John McCain will end his run in August. Is there any truth in this rumor?

    July 28, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  7. Republican who loves OBAMA

    I don't agree with his policies, but I wish him the best.

    July 28, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  8. Ob Idaho

    To Old, OUT OF TOUCH and very un inspiring campaign.

    July 28, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  9. Neal

    Yup men in their 70s, if they are rich go to the doctor every three months or so.
    The inequities of wealth in this nation are gross.
    So is the idea of a man in his 70s impelled by ego to run for President. Jeez, retire already McCain!
    A man born in the Great Depression, before television, jet engines, nuclear power, microwaves, and computers has no business running a country in the 21st century of cellphones, the internet and declining fossil fuel output.
    America risks becoming like Catholicism, a century behind the rest of the world.
    I mean really, do we have proof that he even knows what e-mail is?

    July 28, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
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