- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bernie Sanders’ office says the Vermont senator had a small basal cell carcinoma removed from his cheek in an outpatient procedure.

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer, a form that is slow-growing and highly curable.

Sanders’ office says the hour-long procedure was completed Thursday and the senator returned to work afterward. He later returned to Vermont.

The senator competed for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination against Hillary Clinton.

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