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Gov. Brown has surgery to remove skin cancer

By Steven Luo April 30, 2011 No Comments Print Share

California Governor Jerry Brown has had surgery to remove a cancerous growth from his nose, according to the governor’s office.

A basal cell carcinoma was found on the right side of the governor’s nose and removed during an outpatient procedure Friday. The governor’s office says “some reconstructive surgery was required as a result of the procedure.”

Brown is “at home” after the surgery and continues to conduct state business, but will not be attending public events — including this weekend’s state Democratic convention in Sacramento — until the stitches are removed from his face.

Basal cell carcinoma is the least malignant form of skin cancer, accounting for 75 percent of all skin cancers in the United States. The slow-growing cancer most frequently occurs on the face and other parts of the skin exposed to sunlight, and rarely spreads to other parts of the body. Once surgically removed, it generally recurs in less than 10 percent of patients.

Brown, 73, who previously served two terms as governor in the 1970s, is the oldest serving governor in the United States. The governor has had no prior history of health problems, though the risk of cancer generally increases with age.

In the event of Brown’s death or incapacitation, Lieutentant Governor Gavin Newsom would take over as the state’s governor.

Contact Steven Luo at sluo@californiabeat.org.

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