Utah governor being treated for skin cancer

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) announced Wednesday that he has undergone treatment for skin cancer.

Herbert made the disclosure during a ceremony for a new elementary school and said doctors believe "they got everything." 


"The belief is they got everything. I think that's what happened here," he said, according to the Deseret News.

Herbert said the cancer was first spotted a month ago and that he has squamous cell carcinoma, the second most common form of skin cancer, according to the newspaper.

Herbert added that he has had skin cancer twice before and makes frequent visits to a dermatologist because he didn't often wear sunscreen as a child. The governor encouraged children at Wednesday's ceremony to wear sunscreen. 

"Proactive would have been when I was your age wearing sunscreen, so I would advise you all to wear sunscreen. Be smarter than some of us old people and you won't have to wear bandages on your face when they cut out the cancer," Herbert said.