First Lady Jill Biden has to undergo facial surgery

A skin abnormality was discovered on Jill Biden during a routine check-up for cancer screening. After an operation, further examinations should follow.

The First Lady of the United States, Jill Biden, will undergo facial surgery next Wednesday. This is reported by several US media, citing a message from their office. “A routine skin cancer screening found a small lesion over the First Lady’s right eye,” White House Doctor Kevin O’Connor said. “As a precaution, doctors have recommended removing the lesion,” it said.

Biden will undergo an outpatient procedure on January 11 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. In what is known as Mohs surgery, thin layers of skin are usually removed to look for signs of various types of skin cancer. Care is taken to ensure that cancerous tissue is removed while healthy tissue is preserved.

Jill Biden’s fight against cancer

In her capacity as First Lady, the 71-year-old is actively involved in the fight against cancer and is committed to good prevention. As recently as December, she met with the spouses of African heads of state and government to discuss cancer care for women and girls. “Together we can defeat cancer as we know it,” she said confidently.

Should her husband Joe Biden add another term, she would probably continue this commitment. At 71, Jill Biden is the oldest First Lady, and her husband, at 80, is the oldest US President in the history of the United States.

Cancer comes with very personal memories for Joe Biden, as his son Beau died of a brain tumor in 2015. He has made reducing the death rate from cancer a priority of his presidency.