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. Fairfax Voter

    I hope all the best for Senator McCain. I didn't like to see this headline. Judging from the article there is a very good chance that there's no news here, and I certainly hope that proves to be true.

    We have two good candidates for president. I believe Senator Obama will and should win. He has a clear vision for the future and for today's challenges and practical ideas for how to mobilize the country in that direction. He is an effective manager and an inspiring leader. And one of the things he has continually reminded me and all Americans is that Senator McCain is an American hero. We honor his service and we are hoping he is okay.

    July 28, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. Gramma Faye /Idaho

    I am glad to see he stays right on top of any cancer scare. I am a 2 time Cancer survivor, Colon 11 yrs and breast 2 yrs. Everyone should be watching for all cancer signs from skin to having your full colon scoped.

    July 28, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. James Hussein, SC

    Timber (ex dem),

    McCain was NOT beaten! He received his injuries from the plane crash, and then squealed like a pig for help from the Vietnamese military. After then he help them as much as he could to debase our POWs there. Why is it that he only gets support from a handful of Vietnam vets? They remember who he is and what he did to them. McCain is NO hero. He is a traitor and has extorted the Vietnamese government into closing the records on our MIAs to protect knowledge of his treason against the USA. Ho hopes to make up for his evil ways by, "winning," the Iraqi war that he helped start. He was one of the original five who proposed attacking Iraq.

    July 28, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    glad he is okay........and why do people need to make this story and the one about Obama's hip into some partison political discussion? Just wish them both well, and move on.

    July 28, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. florella broyles

    i am a hillary supporter and will write her in when i vote . i would

    July 28, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. James

    how many can afford to visit a dermatologist?

    July 28, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. RyanD.

    Not voting for you...but I hope you're ok.

    Obama 08'

    July 28, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. CD

    In all honesty McCain has no business running for office at this age if he really wanted the best for America. Romney I can understand but McCain is not to be allowed nowhere near the red button. I heard during a routine training with Pentagon he made a decision to press the button on red alert status while Obama asked for impact analysis as per our defence systems before making a call. McCain simply saw the red light flashing, did not ask if the alert could be wrong, did not ask the enemies to self destruct the missiles or face America's wrath, did not ask if it was an emergency failure from the other government, did not ask if we could intercept the missile he McCAIN simply pressed the red button when he saw the red lights. You don't believe me? Go to pentagon insider blogs. There goes the whole world!

    July 28, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. florella broyles

    i am a hillery supporter and will write her in . i would NEVER vote for obama

    July 28, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. insanity

    Glad McCain is alright. I hope he stays that way.
    I really do think McCain is pushing the envelope a bit. But if he feels up to the task.. all power to him.

    July 28, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. Strum

    Heed needs to increase the SURGEry.

    July 28, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Thomas

    I may not agree with his politics, but I do hope he will be ok.

    July 28, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. Turnabout is Fair Play

    I wish him the best of health. I will never vote for McCain because Obama is our future but the fact that he has a mole that seems to have grown recently shows the stresses he's under at his age trying to become president. Melanoma is an opportunistic cancer and will advance rapidly if one's immune system is compromised. He needs to take a break from all the negativity he's been spewing at Obama and tend to his own health. I just wish I could afford to go see MY doctor every three months..and I'm only 40!

    July 28, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. George Blake

    How can this possibly be a newsworthy item. What's next, a review of the guy's hygiene habits?

    July 28, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. bij

    of course he couldn't let obama get all the "he's went to the hospital" attention so he had to make a visit as well.....

    July 28, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. Rob

    why can McCain say Obama is too young but Obama can't say McCain is too old ???

    July 28, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. Mommyof2

    Now if only they could get rid of his mouth.........

    July 28, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. Will-South Dakota

    Well anything removed is not good, but who's paying for this....medicare, his own insurance, the Senate insurance or the Taxpayers? I think the tax payers are going to get stuck with his medical bills.

    July 28, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. Phoenix Girl

    We love Sen. McCain in Arizona! God Bless you sir!! Not necessarily newsworthy info – nor is Barry's hip... but oh well...

    July 28, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. Another grumpy old white woman for Obama

    ho hum................
    I have moles. Nobody throws me a pity party. Geez! BFD.
    This is not newsworthy. Guess we have reached the bottom of the barrel today. hahaha

    July 28, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. It's a shame

    McCain's mole appears and three hours later...
    ...Obama supporters make fun of it. 🙁

    July 28, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. Mickie in PA

    I ama firm Obama supporter and a strong believer that you reap what you sow. I would not wish him anything but good health.

    July 28, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. James in NY

    Best Wishes to McCain and his family. He should retire with his wife and her money!

    Obama in 08!

    July 28, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. tmp

    what does this have to do with anything?

    July 28, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. Pick Me! Pick Me!!

    First it is Obama's hip, then there were the negitive comments about Obama (big shock here). Then McCain's mole, then negitive comments about McCain.

    It's fair to say, what goes around, comes around and that the media is over-the-top with this election. Though, in all fairness, this is the first time in history that there is a racially mixed candidate. If the Democrate candidate were white and not female there would not be this much hype.

    July 28, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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