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Maryland's governor announces he has skin cancer

Maryland's governor is urging everyone to use sunscreen after announcing he has 'non-serious' skin cancer


WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced Thursday that he is undergoing treatment for a "non-serious" skin cancer.

"It's a basal cell...not melanoma, which is a serious, life-threatening condition," Hogan said in a press conference. "This is something that five million people a year get, it's very easy to take care of."

Click here to read more information about basal cell cancinoma.

Hogan said the removal of the skin cancer will take place on Saturday.

"It's basically sun damage," Hogan said. "It's the output of many years of not protecting myself with sunscreen."

Hogan was diagnosed in June 2015 with B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma, five months into his first term. Over four months, he underwent 30 days of 24-hour chemotherapy. He also had three surgeries and four spinal taps. After months of battling it, Hogan announced that his cancer was in remission.

"I spent a lot of time baking in the sun," Hogan said. "My advice to everyone out there listening is to please pay attention when they tell you to wear sunscreen."

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