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Precancerous Lesions Removed From Clinton

March 28, 1995| From Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Doctors removed several precancerous skin lesions from President Clinton's forehead and from behind his ear last week.

The procedure was not mentioned in a report the White House put out on the results of Clinton's annual physical examination on Friday but was disclosed Monday by Press Secretary Mike McCurry after reporters asked about a red blotch on Clinton's face.

McCurry said doctors removed several actinic keratoses as a precaution while Clinton was at Bethesda Naval Hospital.

"They are not cancerous," he said.

Actinic keratoses are common among middle-aged people, usually caused by overexposure to the sun. The lesions generally are removed because there is a chance they can become cancerous.

The patches were removed by freezing with liquid nitrogen, and the treatment left a large red blotch on Clinton's forehead.

McCurry quoted Clinton's physician, Dr. E. Connie Mariano, as saying that Clinton, a frequent jogger and golfer, was "pretty good about using sunscreen."

He said Clinton had other lesions removed from his face in the past.

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