Governor Gary Herbert undergoes skin cancer surgery

Posted at 11:52 AM, Jul 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-19 00:06:11-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Governor Gary Herbert is recovering Thursday after undergoing a skin cancer treatment Wednesday.

According to a press release, Herbert underwent a minor out-patient surgery following a recent diagnosis of basal cell carcinoma, one of the most common types of skin cancer in the U.S. Basal cell carcinomas are described as abnormal, uncontrolled growths or lesions that arise in the skin's basal cells, which line the deepest layer of the skin.

Officials said the surgery went as planned, and doctors expect a full recovery. They said Governor Herbert will continue to fully operate in his official capacity, but will scale back public appearances until the incision heals.