Gov. Herbert treated for skin cancer

Jul 18 2013 - 12:43pm

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert

SALT LAKE CITY - Gov. Gary Herbert has been diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, a skin cancer, and underwent a surgical treatment for the problem on Wednesday, a spokesman for the governor's office said.

Nate McDonald, a spokesman for the governor's office, said Herbert had out-patient surgery for the skin problem and is now at home recovering. He said the procedure went as planned and Herbert is expected to make a complete recovery.

"The governor will continue to fully operate in his official capacity with minor modification to his public appearance schedule," McDonald said.

BCC impacts approximately three of 10 Caucasians in the United States. Basal cell carcinomas are abnormal, uncontrolled growths or lesions that arise in the skin's basal cells, which line the deepest layer of the epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin), according to McDonald.

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