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Clinton Cancer: Basal Cell Carcinoma Highly CurableAired January 16, 2001 - 2:07 p.m. ET
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NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: We'll pause again from the hearings for just a moment to talk more about breaking news. We learned in just the past few minutes that President Clinton has had a lesion that was found to be skin cancer removed from his back.
The White House press secretary, Jake Siewert, said pathology results confirm the diagnosis of basal cell carcinoma.
We're going to talk more about this with CNN's medical unit correspondent, Rhonda Rowland.
You were saying this is a common form of skin cancer.
RHONDA ROWLAND, CNN CORRESPONDENT: A very common form, Natalie. And that's something that sounds very frightening: basal cell carcinoma. But actually, this accounts for 75 percent of all skin cancers. It's very rarely deadly.
We just received today our copy of "Cancer Facts and Figures" from the American Cancer Society. In here, it says that there are more than 1 million cases each year of this type of cancer. It's very highly curable. In fact, only about 2,000 people actually die from this type or another type called squamous cell.
Most often, people hear about melanoma, Natalie. That is a deadly type of cancer.
ALLEN: What Senator McCain has...
ROWLAND: Senator McCain had that. This is not what the president has.
This is, again, highly curable. He just -- we are just told that he had surgery.
Again, that sounds like a big type of a treatment. But actually, just probably, the mole or the area that was affected was removed, as well as some of the surrounding area.
Again, very, very typical, This is not a big procedure. They're done all the time, every day. in dermatologists' offices.
ALLEN: And as we heard, he will be closely watched, monitored. Then he's got to wear that sunscreen like all of us should be wearing. And this is just another sign that we need to wear it.
ROWLAND: Yes, that's right.
And also, it's important to note that President Clinton is in a risk group for this type of cancer. That is, he's in the babyboomer population. And these are people who have been exposed to sun for many, many years. Usually, you get this type of cancer on the face, on the neck, the back, where his cancer is. That's an area that's exposed to the sun.
And all you need to do is really again protect yourself. Make sure that you're wearing sunscreen or a hat. And so, the president will probably be advised to be very vigilant about protecting himself.
ALLEN: Rhonda Rowland, we thank you.
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