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Clinton’s Lesion Was Skin Cancer

January 16, 2001

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The flat lesion removed from President Clinton’s back last week has tested positive for skin cancer, the White House said Tuesday.

White House press secretary Jake Siewert said pathology results confirmed the diagnosis of basal cell carcinoma. The lesion was discovered at a Jan. 12 physical at Bethesda Naval Hospital in suburban Maryland.

``This is a relatively common form of skin cancer, 800,000 to 1 million cases a year,″ Siewert said. ``The lesion was removed, so while the president, it can be said, had skin cancer, that has been removed and he no longer has it.″

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