Jill Biden will undergo surgery next week to remove a lesion from above her right eye that was discovered during a routine skin cancer screening, the White House announced Wednesday.
The first lady will have the lesion removed during a “common outpatient procedure” next Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, said Dr. Kevin O’Connor, physician to President Joe Biden, in a memo released by the White House.
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Jill Biden’s cancer screening was conducted late last year, said a White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were divulging private medical information.
O’Connor said doctors recommended that the lesion be removed from Jill Biden, 71, and be examined “in an abundance of caution.” He said an update will be provided afterward.
The president and first lady returned to the White House on Monday after spending the New Year’s holiday on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
This isn’t the first lady’s first trip to the hospital since her husband took residence at the White House.
In April 2021, she underwent what the White House said was a common medical procedure.
The president accompanied his wife to an outpatient center near the campus of George Washington University and the couple returned to the White House after about two hours.
The White House provided no details about that procedure.
The Associated Press contributed to this article