July 29th, 2008
07:15 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain's biopsy negative

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/29/art.mccainbiop.ap.jpg caption="McCain's biopsy was negative."](CNN) - A biopsy on a patch of skin removed from John McCain's temple Monday shows no evidence the Arizona senator has skin cancer, the Mayo clinic announced.

"Senator McCain visited the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, yesterday for a routine check of his dermatological health,”

Michael Yardley, Chair of Public Affairs at the Mayo Clinic, said in a statement issued Tuesday. “The biopsy that was performed did not show any evidence of skin cancer. No further treatment is necessary.”

McCain, who has had four malignant melanomas removed in the past, had a "mole-like" growth lifted from his face during a routine checkup. He told reporters later in the day it was removed only as a precautionary measure.

McCain also told CNN's Larry King Monday night 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."

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soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. Truthteller

    So, and what else is new. The Republican party for the most part is a BIG CANCER in and of itself. Full of liers, thiefs and cheaters. The rig the ballots, tries to dig up any dirt on other people and when the dirt falls on them, it is always an excuse or they clean it up with more lies. Or they make the person that found out the truth about them disappear or gets killed or put in jail or something.

    Tell McCain to tell the truth and stop having close door meetings and campaign fund raisers. Let the press and other people in that are nutural to the political arena.


    July 29, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  2. aaa

    mccain should stop working hard and take off weekends lol mccain please go home we need someone else as republican nomenie

    July 29, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  3. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    It isn't McCain's physical health that is a concern it's his mental health that poses the greatest threat to America and for that matter the world.

    July 29, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  4. Martha Hussein Baker for Barack

    How could it be anything BUT negative...I personally can't believe anything the republican party says. McCain is too old and sickly to be an effective president. It could easily turn into another Nancy Reagan situation only with Cindy in charge. That's a frightening thought considering her past drug abuse and mental instability.


    OBAMA "08

    July 29, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  5. paul oregon

    amazing not one whinning word abount the surge!!!!!!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  6. Tom

    I am very much an Obama supporter and am also very glad to see this result. Godspeed to Mr. McCain in his personal health. He has endured much and worked hard to serve his country.

    July 29, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  7. John B. From New Hampshire

    i know something else that's negative.... his campaign. thought it was supposed to be one of honor? oh well, a long list of flip flops and broken promises. sounds familiar doesn't it?!?!?!?!?!

    OBAMA '08 the ONLY answer for our country!!!

    July 29, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  8. Frankie

    My prayers are with you.

    July 29, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  9. Kris from AZ

    Put aside Republican and Democrat stuff. Coming from a democrat. I am glad to hear MCcain's biopsy is negative. May he live long and healthy.

    July 29, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  10. Peter of Oregon

    Ted Stevens is a prime example of why good judgement is way more important than experience.

    Didn't McCain hold his most recent press conference with an oil company earlier this week? What's the deal with the Republicans and big oil? Bush... McCain... now Stevens?

    July 29, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  11. Pat

    How could his current negative biopsy render him a Good Health Report after having four malignant melanoma tumours removed previously. It is very possible he will have another malignant tumour and also possible the cancer may spread to other areas of his body.
    Given those possibilities why would a Nation consider electing a President that may not be able to complete his term due to health problems? A better question, why would a Senator run for President knowing the possibilities of having a reoccurance of a malignant tumour? He is putting his personal aspirations ahead of what is good for his Nation and it's people! His narcisstic priorities are the reason I wouldn't support or consider him for President.

    July 29, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  12. Ell from Tx

    Thank goodness! However with so much negative coming your way its hard to see past the ads of "straight talk"! Then there is yes/no Affirmative Action also where do you really stand on taxes. I feel there is 2 of you. Then your campaign comes out like your crazy for saying what you truly feel You have totally lost me....................Voting DEM 08

    July 29, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  13. les

    good for him.. Avid Obama supporter but

    July 29, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  14. aliou FL

    What really makes CNN talk about this only after Obama also visited a clinic? This is one of the times when I want to cut my cable off. CNN is becoming so guilt filled for covering Obama that they would do anything and say anything to help McCain. McCain has a lot of juicy stories one can report on. Yet Cnn is reduced to be picking on Obama because cnn can't find any negative story on him. so they have to make, fabricate negativity on Obama. What a mess.

    The media feel that they need to criticize Obama to be fair and balance. so since they can't find anything unbecoming, they lie. That too needs to be addressed immediately.

    They have a choice among the many Mcain worst behaviors and uterings. They can't find anything on Obama, so they turn any positive acts of obama into negative. It is not serving the public, or the country. We do not need to be fed lies.

    The majority of women speaking reporters/comentators on cnn, and the men are very negative about Obama, but they are coy about it. Even when they are looking at positive deeds, actions or numbers of Obama, there is always a tendency to find something negative to say about it. They have a way of turning everything positive into negative. Contrast taht with MSNBC: They speak positively of Obama and McCain if and when they need to.

    July 29, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  15. Evan for Mac

    This is a comment for the web sight of another ATTACK which lowers John McCain to a new level once again! What can you do for the country other than whine and complain. Oh and dwell on what Obama does. Can your campaign figure out America is hurting we are tired of the same old tricks!
    I have heard lots of flipping on Taxes! Come out and explain. We repub. should be very worried about saying and doing anything! Look at the brand we are working with. Rise above the clutter of trashing and get to whats important!!!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  16. TonyinKentucky

    I'm glad to hear that Senator McCain came out with a clean bill of health.

    I'll pray for your continued health along with a resounding defeat for you and your GOP snake cronies.

    July 29, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  17. Rave

    Good that McPain's results for cancer show Negative
    What about his brain being empty.. that must be a Positive.
    OBAMA (2008 -16)

    July 29, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  18. bob

    Whaat! Guess again Mc Same, we tax payers are paying the price for it. You've got and always will have 109 million to sit on while we are trying to scrounge for decent health care with out losing our shirts.

    July 29, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  19. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    so's his intelligence

    July 29, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  20. jo

    how about forgetfulness can they check that too. He does forget his voting record, what he said yesterday, even sometimes the same day that is more serious issue for Mr mccain.

    July 29, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  21. MD in Oklahoma

    I think it's pathetic that people would want to vote him in as president. Why would anyone want him as president when he intends to continue Bush's policies. McCain is sleeping with the enemy, now (big oil compainies) Some people are afraid to vote for Obama simply because he's black; yet, Bush and Cheney. have brought this country to its knees. We have a chance to put in someonein office who is intelligent and sees how corrupt our government has become and wants to change it. The old saying, you get what you pay for. Well, If we get McCain, we will certainly pay...especially for the war!!!

    July 29, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  22. yala


    July 29, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  23. kevin from alaska

    He's doing the Bush hand wave in this picture.

    July 29, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  24. Maria Loi

    It will come back and haunt him again. Cancer is a funny thing, once you had it before it will come back and haunt you again~ I had seen it many times with my siblings~ I think he will win for USA is not ready for a black President? Obama is very smart but too arrogrant! John is an experienced politican but not an experienced leader or commander in chief and top it all the world is going too fast for an older guy to run the show. Bush had left it to all his aides to run the show and you see what he had done to your country. His VP and father wanted that Iraq war and he went along with it, now it is a good idea to give Obama the chance for he seemed very smart and cunning. By the way, John is not a real honest politican for no American politican is honest.
    Good luck America!

    July 29, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  25. B.D.

    I'm an Obama supporter but I'm glad to hear that, wouldn't want anyone to have to deal with something like that.

    July 29, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
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