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. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    I sincerely hope there will be enough left of him before the Republican convention. The poor guy.

    July 28, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Paul

    Caliguy55: What "hundreds of Iraqis" were killed by a suicide bomber in a "single day this week"?

    I love it when a story like this hits and the loonies come out of the woodwork frothing at the mouth to get a chance to spew their pitiful, misinformed rhetoric thinking it somehow helps their candidate.

    Someone mentioned that Bush has been called the most fiscally irresponsible President in history–that was one talking head's opinion, but how about the same discussion that posed that Clinton's 128 billion surplus came at the expense of Defense cuts which made us vulnerable to a 9/11 type attack in the first place?

    All this is just hindsight, second-guessing and speculation. Let's look beneath the surface of these two candidates' publicly, media-spun images and choose the best qualified leader...

    July 28, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. Mark Dover, Delaware

    It wasn't a "mole", it was a surveillance camera!

    July 28, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. ClintonDems4Cynthia08

    Good man. Tell them what its all about!!! Precaution saves lives. Thats why we should vote for Cynthia McKinney instead of Obama. Lets save lives!! Dont let them start another war!! NOBAMA. Vote McKinney instead!

    July 28, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    How is this man going to survive the presidency? Come on! I am voting for candidates not VPs.

    July 28, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. SIMP

    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

    July 28, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. Dave

    Poor John. He always has a bandage on his head.

    July 28, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. DJ, LA, CA

    Yes hope you are ok McCain...and that they don't replace you with some kook like Guiliani or Romney.

    Obama 08

    July 28, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. get well soon

    I hope this is not something major and hope he lives a long, healthy life. I honestly don't see why McCain should get elected, the presidency takes a toll on an individual. If you don't believe me, take a look at pics of the before and after of Bill Clinton and Bush 43 during the course of their 1st term of presidency.

    July 28, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. ?????

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

    CNN-Obama sees doctor for sore hip.....VIG..Where are your Lips PLANTED!!!

    July 28, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. TG

    McCain's age is a negative factor, not because of any anti-senior-citizen bias, but because of the fact that his years are affecting his health, vitality, and his mind.

    He doesn't have the physical stamina, for example, to do the whirlwind tour that Obama just did. McCain has shown repeated signs of decrepitude, like that mysterious bandaid on his head not too long ago, and now this list of minor cancer flareups.

    Worst of all, he consistently gets his facts wrong, about the nation and the world. He can't get a grip on the details of history, world leaders, economics, and law like Obama can. That's in part due to his age – he can't learn as fast, and he can't retain as much. Not to mention that he was a lousy student back in his college days anyway.

    The presidency is too stressful and too demanding for the old geezer. Voters beware.

    July 28, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. ralph tyler

    Senator McCain has a very nice healthcare plan courtesy of taxpayers. Can you imagine having serious health problems and not being able to afford healthcare? If you can't imagine that you must be living on Pluto.

    I am tired of our spoiled politicians, especially ones that get ill and don't lose their jobs and don't have to worry about paying for healthcare. Things would be a lot better in this country if these folks were made to live like the rest of us.

    July 28, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. Dem for McCain

    Good luck to Sen McCain. Hope the mole is nothing. Meanwhile, is it true Obama needs hip surgery? That's kind of ironic. Hope he's ok too even though I wouldn't want him to be president for anything.

    McCain '08

    July 28, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. JB

    I am an obama supporter, but hope for health for McCain. Maybe a good time to talk about how much federal funding Bush has cut from the NIH for cancer research.

    July 28, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. Dandelion.

    This is the best ticker headline maybe ever.

    July 28, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. MaryJo Bruce Surprise, Ariz

    OK! Lets all make a big deal out of McCains mole. Like he can't be president now. Go for it liberal media. Make a mountain out ouf a mole hill.

    July 28, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. Joe Regis

    This is the price to pay for attention.

    No more repubs this year.

    Obama 08/12.

    July 28, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. billybob

    And without healthcare insurance, how do you think any of us "normal folks" can afford a dermatologist?

    July 28, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  19. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    i hope he gets better soon, and i also hope he never gets to be president.

    having a mole removed when you've had melanoma is a big deal. mccain's health is a huge issue, and should not be taken lightly.

    his mental health is a problem too, and not just the anger outbursts. it's also mccain's forgetfulness, lack of knowledge, and his INCREDIBLY POOR judgment in picking his campaign staff who have put him in completely ridiculous situations (wall of cheese, anyone?). and it's possible that his history-making flip-flopping is partly due to forgetfulness, though the majority of it is for him being a neoCON sellout!

    July 28, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. Beca

    I don't care!!!!!! Stop the nonsense about the hips and the moles..jajajaja

    July 28, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. EDW

    I hope to be in DC for Obama's inauguration January 20th; however I hope all is well with Mr. McCain.

    July 28, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. LaShanda

    I don't support McCain, but I wish him nothing but good health. He is very lucky that he has a good health insurance plan. Most Americans don't have that luxury.

    July 28, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. Michel

    People of all ages have these removed all the time. At least he did not get hurt from showing off on a basketball court. Mc in 08

    July 28, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  24. Greg Pottstown PA

    NY State of mind July 28th, 2008 2:50 pm ET

    I am a Obama supporter and people don't stoop low on this article, someones health is no joking matter.

    Thank You

    No thank you !!!!!! with so many ugly people posting hear it is nice to see that some have respect.

    July 28, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  25. Paul

    CNN will report about McCain's mole but not his post-traumatic stress disorder. I know which one I consider more serious for a president to have.

    July 28, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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