January 11

Bush has two moles taken off temple for cancer tests

first_img“The doctors expect that both moles are benign,” Stanzel said. Bush has had several lesions removed before: a precancerous lesion on his left arm in August, a noncancerous skin growth on his neck in July 2005, small lesions from his left shoulder and face in 2004, and others from his face in December 2001. None has been cancerous, but the president has regular checkups to guard against any lesions advancing to a more dangerous stage. The procedure came about at the president’s initiation. On Monday, he showed one mole he noticed to Tubb, who noticed another and recommended that both be removed, Stanzel said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush had two moles removed from his left temple Friday. His doctors expect tests on the skin growths to show that they are noncancerous. The five-minute procedure called a shave biopsy was performed in the White House office of Bush’s official physician, Richard Tubb. Dr. Steve Krivda, a dermatologist from Walter Reed Army Medical Center, did the procedure, for which only a local anesthetic was required. Bush will have a one-inch scab on his temple, spokesman Scott Stanzel said. Test results will be available by the middle of next week. last_img read more