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Jill Biden to have lesion removed after skin cancer screening

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First lady Jill Biden will undergo surgery next week to remove a lesion found above her right eye, according to a medical note released Wednesday by her publicist.

The president’s physician, Kevin O’Connor, says in the note that a “small lesion” was discovered above Biden’s right eye during a routine skin cancer screening.

“In an abundance of caution, doctors recommended that he be removed,” O’Connor said.

The first lady is scheduled for what O’Connor called a “common outpatient procedure” known as Mohs surgery to remove and examine tissue. The procedure will take place Jan. 11 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

More information was not immediately available. More details will be provided after the proceedings, Biden’s press secretary, Vanessa Valdivia, who posted the memo in a tweet Wednesday night, NBC News told.

According to the American Cancer Society, Mohs surgery involves removing a very thin layer of skin, including the lesion, and checking the specimen under a microscope. If cancer cells are found, further layers of skin are removed until the samples are free of cancer cells.

Beau Biden, the president’s son, died in 2015 after a long battle with brain cancer.

Jill Biden, 71, has been an advocate for cancer prevention and treatment, and she partnered with the American Cancer Society in October to launch roundtables on breast and cervical cancer .

Her planned surgery comes about a year after she sworn to “end the tragedy of cancer as we know it” by working to support cancer patients and their families and encouraging Americans to prioritize cancer screenings.

Kelly O’Donnell and Mike Memoli contributed.

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