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Jerry Brown had surgery for cancerous growth

May 1, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Gov. Jerry Brown is recovering from surgery to have a cancerous growth removed from his nose.

The governor's office revealed that Brown had a slow-growing form of skin cancer on the right side of his nose.

Friday's surgery cleared out all of the cancerous cells, but as a result, Brown needed reconstructive surgery on his nose.

The 73-year-old, who has since returned home from the hospital, was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, which is considered to be the least dangerous form of skin cancer.