Hogan to undergo surgery for early stage basal and squamous cell carcinoma

Gov. Larry Hogan is undergoing surgery Friday to remove cancer cells from his face and shoulder, his communications director Mike Ricci announced in a tweet Wednesday.

Ricci said Hogan will have minor outpatient surgery for early stage basal and squamous cell carcinoma on his face and shoulder. This is a form of skin cancer that he has had before.

"The governor is a big believer in the importance of early detection," Ricci tweeted.

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The American Cancer Society describes basal and squamous cell skin cancer as the most common types of skin cancer that start in the top layer of skin and are often related to sun exposure. The majority of people make a full recovery once the masses are removed.

Hogan was first diagnosed with cancer just before Father's Day in 2015, when he announced he had an aggressive form of cancer of the lymph nodes. Hogan remained active through his treatment for B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which included five-day stays at University of Maryland Medical Center every three weeks. Read more at WBALTV