Ecuador’s president says diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer

Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso

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# 15 August 2022 09:30 (UTC +04:00)

Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso says he has been diagnosed with melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, and will travel to the United States to undergo additional testing, APA reports citing Sputnik News.

Lasso underwent surgery on July 29, 2022, in Ecuador for a lesion on his right eyelid that was thought to be basal cell carcinoma, another type of skin cancer, but test results indicate that it is actually melanoma, according to the president’s Sunday statement to the media, quoted by the Ecuadorian Ecuavisa TV channel.

The president told Ecuadorian media that he would make a personal trip to the United States to undergo medical screening there.

Lasso informed the National Assembly on Friday that he would be absent from the country on August 16-21 to undergo medical studies in Houston, Texas.