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Maryland governor to have surgery to remove early-stage skin cancer

The Hill logo The Hill 1/13/2021 Lexi Lonas
a man wearing glasses and a suit and tie: Maryland governor to have surgery to remove early-stage skin cancer © Getty Maryland governor to have surgery to remove early-stage skin cancer

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced on Wednesday that he will be having surgery on Friday to remove early-stage skin cancer.

Hogan announced that he had early-stage basal and squamous carcinoma during The Daily Record's Eye on Annapolis Summit. Hogan described his condition as "nothing serious" and that he will have "minor surgery" on his face and shoulder on Friday.

Hogan told The Daily Record's government reporter Bryan Sears that he had some precancerous skin removed when Sears asked why the governor had a bandage on his face a couple of weeks ago. Hogan said he does not expect to need any further treatment after the surgery.

"This is a form of skin cancer that he has had before," Mike Ricci, Hogan's communications director, tweeted on Wednesday. "The governor is a big believer in the importance of early detection."

Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson (D) and House Speaker Adrienne Jones (D) told The Daily Record that they were not aware of the governor's condition before his announcement.

"I've beat this type of cancer before, and I'm feeling great-thanks for all the well wishes," Hogan tweeted.

Hogan had basal-cell and squamous-cell skin cancer back in 2018. In 2015, Hogan had B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma that required months of chemotherapy.

Hogan has been the governor of Maryland since 2015 and is one of many governors who has recently called for President Trump's impeachment since the Capitol riot.

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