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

McCain has mole removed

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/28/art.mccainbandaid.ap.jpg caption="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. Freida, NYC

    CNN, you are pathetic with all these non-sense news about the candidate's personal medical hx. Obama's hip pain, now McCain's mole removal!!!

    C'mon CNN, get a life.

    July 28, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. Vig

    Is there anything CNN won't say or do to undermine McCain's candidacy while having their lips planted on Obama's buttocks?

    July 28, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. Concerned INDEPENDENT CT voter

    we know he's old... Geeesh give the man some credit for being able to campaign every day (aside from weekends ofcourse).


    July 28, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. kay

    I may not like his policies but I hope and pray this mole is not invasive

    July 28, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. Lesley

    John McCain should be retiring and not running for the most stressful job in the world. He doesn't work weekends, how will that play out if he becomes president? He missed a golden opportunity to get the media attention he's been complaining about at the Unity conference because it was held on the weekend. So, let me get this straight, he wants the presidency to be a 9-5 job on weekdays? Oh. I see.

    July 28, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. Former Republican

    Good for McCain.....but what about the cancer on the economy?

    July 28, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. Ian

    At least he didn't hit his head on the car door this time. Seriously though, I'm glad he's ok.

    July 28, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. Peggy

    Don't want him as my president, but I hope he's ok, just the same. I'm not crazy about his politics, but I believe he's served this country as well as anybody; better than most.

    Obama in '08!!

    July 28, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  9. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    old old OLD

    July 28, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. caliguy55

    Not only is McSame mentally unfit to be President of the United States, he is also physically unfit. The prattling old fool travels the co0untry spewing his nonsense ab out winning the war in Iraq, the success of the "surge", etc., while suicide bombers kill hundreds of Iraqis in a single day this week. McSame would probably be more dangerous than Bush/Cheney as POTUS.

    July 28, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. Darryl Arlington Texas Obama supporter

    President Bush inherited a budget surplus of $128 billion when he took office in 2001 but has since posted a budget deficit every year.

    The Bush administration has spent heavily on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and faces a large budget shortfall in tax revenue because of Bush's tax cuts and a souring economy.

    Thank you John McCain for continuing Bush Tax Cuts

    July 28, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. Rusty Shackleford

    Come on...I wish him the best in health, but who wants to deal with these types of concerns for the next eight years? America better get this one right.

    July 28, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. Why is this NEWS!

    Maybe too Much SURGE!!!

    July 28, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. lovable liberal

    Politics ain't beanbag, but it's not about wishing ill health on your opponents, either. Let's hope this scare is not another melanoma.

    July 28, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. Mark, New Jersey

    Senator, I wish you well and hope everything is fine with you. I am a HUGE democrat and will be voting for our next President, Mr. Obama.

    I can keep things separate, again hope all is well with you and your family.

    July 28, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. McCain The Man

    Ok, now i'm starting to worry

    July 28, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    hudlin McCain needs adequate rest.

    July 28, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Glad to see that he is taking full advantage of his health plan. It would be great to see him offer a more comprehensive health plan like Barack to insure that everyone could have access to the same type of health coverage.

    July 28, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Matt-NE


    Uhhhbama is about to need hip surgery, and McCain just needs a mole removed.

    McCain is in better shape than Ummmbama!

    July 28, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. Ron

    And he knew that information when his medical records came out. He hid that information as he will hide Iraqi/ Afghanistan and Iranian war information from the American people.

    John is a 3rd term of GW, and he will never be my president.

    George Bush has just been called the most fiscally irresponsible presient in history.

    Obama 08

    July 28, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. Peter


    July 28, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. Marcus B

    I really don't want to laugh.....

    July 28, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. McOld

    Really people aside from his antiquated policies do you people really want to deal with paying for his health care for 4 years?

    July 28, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  24. Big Bill from Brooklyn

    All Americans of good will wish Senator McCain the best.

    July 28, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  25. Veteran for McCain

    Get well soon McCain. Now let the rude and crude left commence with their jokes in 1...... Action....

    July 28, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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