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Doctors Say Lesion on Clinton's Back Confirmed as Skin CancerAired January 16, 2001 - 1:59 p.m. ET
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NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: We are going to pause from the hearings for just a moment to bring you more information about the information that you just saw flashed on your screen there. It has been confirmed that President Clinton has had skin cancer.
Let's go to CNN's Major Garrett, who is at the White House, who can bring us more about the report -- Major.
MAJOR GARRETT, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Natalie, this story started on Friday when the president had a routine physical examine. At that exam, he had a small lesion removed from his back. Just a few moments ago, White House Press Secretary Jake Siewert gave us the details on what that examination of that lesion revealed.
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JAKE SIEWERT, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: During that exam last Friday, January 12th, as we told you then, a lesion on his back, suspicious for skin cancer was excised. The pathology results that we read this morning confirmed that the lesion was a superficial basal cell skin cancer. The pathologist noted that the margin of the legion appeared clean, which indicates that the lesion had been -- that the lesion had been totally removed.
In addition, at the time of the biopsy, the president asked -- elected to have the tissue around the lesion treated superficial with a technique called scraping and burning, in the event that the lesion was to be confirmed as skin cancer.
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GARRETT: Now Jake Siewert also went on to say that because of this lesion and the burning and scraping around there, there is a slightly higher incidence recurrence for the president to have a skin cancer lesion there in the future. So doctors have recommended that in the next four to six months, he have another examination; and if the area is clear, an examination every year after that to make sure no skin cancer reoccurs -- Natalie.
ALLEN: So, for now, he is in the clear, since it's been removed?
GARRETT: Yes, for now, he is in the clear. The area is completely cleared out. The biopsy showed there is no skin cancer in the surrounding area. But because there is a higher recurrence rate, because of it in this particular zone, they want him to keep checking it, four to six months at first, and then a year after that for every year in the future -- Natalie.
ALLEN: Is this the first time that President Clinton has ever faced something like this?
GARRETT: It is the first time he has ever had any skin cancer lesions discovered or in fact confirmed -- Natalie.
ALLEN: All right, Major Garrett, at the White House, thanks. We will continue to follow the story. Back into hearing live now on capitol hill.
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