First lady Laura Bush is bringing new awareness to skin cancer now that the White House has revealed that she had a cancerous spot removed from her leg.
The bandage could be seen last night when the first lady attended a Hanukkah celebration and today, the White House confirmed that Mrs. Bush was treated last month for a type of malignant skin cancer called Squamous Cell Carcinoma. It's the second most common type of skin cancer and for Mrs. Bush, it showed up on her shin about the size of a nickel but it has been removed.
"It is important to recognize, just like Mrs. Bush, if you have a scaly mark on your skin or a sore, or something that isn't going away, you have recognize, especially if you've been in the sun, that it could be skin cancer," said Dr. Nancy Snyderman, the NBC Chief Medical Editor.
There are more than 200,000 cases just like that in the U.S. blamed mostly on too much sun. That's according to the Skin Cancer Foundation which warns that Squamous Cell Carcinoma can cause disfigurement, even death if it is left untreated.