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. Carl from MI

    There is NO way this guy would make it 4 years (forget about 8 years!!)of such a busy schedule as POTUS. It's a grueling and demanding schedule... and it's just not Presidential to take a nap in the middle of the day.

    Then again, Dubya has taken off the entire month of August for the designated Presidential vacation every year... why not have a designated Presidential naptime too?

    In Britain, 4:00pm is designated tea time by the Queen... maybe it should be designated nappie time by the POTUS to. Why not?

    Better yet, let's just elect Obama and not worry about his needing a mid-afternoon nappie!

    July 30, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  2. dustin

    elect wart-man your next president.

    July 30, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  3. Timber (ex dem)

    Congrats Mr. McCain! I am very happy for you and your family.

    July 30, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  4. The Bu

    I'm glad Senator McCain is okay, but I really want to know if people really want to vote for a man that every few months is gonna have something removed from his body? Is that what you really want in the White House? WOW! Maybe we are just "dumb Americans" as some of the Europeans call us.

    July 30, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Even though it is good that McCain's skin lesion is negative and that he gets a dermatology evaluation every few months, the fact that melenoma freguently spreads to the lungs, would suggest that a lung scan might be of value before the convention.

    July 30, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
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