SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has undergone surgery to remove a cancerous growth on his nose, his office said Saturday.

The governor’s office said in a statement that Brown, 73, had the procedure under local anesthetic Friday, after tests revealed the presence of basal cell carcinoma, a common, slow-growing form of skin cancer, on the right side of his nose.

“All of the basal carcinoma cells were removed, but some reconstructive surgery to the nose was required as a result of the procedure,” his office said. “Governor Brown is at home and has continued to conduct state business today.”

Brown had the surgery in the office of Dr. David Paslin, said Gil Duran, a spokesman for the governor.

“The growth was completely removed and repair was done,” Paslin said in a statement. “The patient did very well with no complications. Governor Brown is doing just fine.”

The procedure the governor underwent was known as Mohs, or micrographic surgery, in which a doctor can tell even before they close the wound that all the cancerous cells have been removed, according to Dr. Christopher Zachary, professor and chairman of the department of dermatology at the University of California, Irvine.

Zachary said basal cell carcinoma is the least dangerous form of skin cancer.

“Basal cell carcinoma occurs in hundreds of thousands of Americans every year,” he said.

Another former California governor, President Ronald Reagan, also had a basal cell removed from his nose.

When public leaders have such procedures, “they’re often quite cautious about what they release. The public gets a bit skittish about leaders having cancer,” said Zachary. “I can just reassure the public that basal cell carcinoma does not spread into the bloodstream and it is rare to cause serious problems.”

The governor was scheduled to address delegates at the state Democratic Party convention Sunday, but the statement said he won’t attend any public events until his stitches are removed.

Zachary said basal cell carcinoma can cause serious deformities when it is on the nose, but the best outcome comes from micrographic surgery of the type Brown had.

Stitches are typically removed after about seven days, he said.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (78)
  1. InthisCorner says:

    You mean they removed George Soros’s a$$? Is he dead too?

  2. H. E. Vincent says:

    Hello folks and media— get it right this time, willya?
    That was the psuedo-organ he had been using for a brain. Now maybe he will speak somewhat more intelligently since the “growth” (aquired by having his head up his butt for so long that the brown stain arund his neck was indelible) is out of the loop!

  3. Jim in HOuston says:

    Was it his head?

  4. Dan the Man says:

    Jerry Brown is a cancerous growth on the California body politic.

  5. Capn Jack says:

    Brown is nothing more then a huge cancer on this country.

  6. cracker says:

    I’ve heard that coke will do that to you after a few years.

  7. Paul M says:

    No, it was Pelosi’s arse.

  8. Lingam says:

    Now will the body politic please removed the cancerous growth in California state government spending?

  9. Jack Kinch(1uncle) says:

    California is lost.Send it to sea. It is a foreign country.

  10. MAX says:

    laboratory analysis revealed that ist was, in fact, a lodged chunk of crack.

  11. sean patriot says:

    Remove him all together, Thats like removing a giant cancerous growth

  12. sean patriot says:

    see above, jerk

  13. Buba says:

    I heard the growth was named rachel maddow

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    Racheal Maddow is my favorite news man. I just wish he would shave those long hairs growing out of his adam’s apple…

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