"I had a couple of things taken off my forehead, and they turned out to be a very nonserious skin cancer," Hogan said during a Thursday afternoon news conference. "This is something that 5 million people a year get. It's very easy to take care of."
Hogan, who recently wore a couple of small flesh-toned bandages on his forehead, joked he decided to announce the minor procedure because it will "look like [Senate President] Mike Miller and I got into a little fight" on Monday.
Beth G. Diamond, the governor's dermatologist, said in a statement Hogan's skin cancers are "extremely common and are most often induced by a history of sun exposure."
Hogan said the skin cancers are likely the result of "one of the best jobs he had before being governor": six years working as a lifeguard in Florida.
"I wanted to look good with a dark tan so I never put sunscreen on," he said. "And that's probably the root of it. I spent a lot of time baking in the sun."
He advised everyone to use sunscreen. "I was not smart enough to pay attention to that advice. We're going to certainly be doing that in the future," he said.
He receives a full-body scan every 90 days and, he said, "there are no signs of that returning. I'm still 100 percent in remission — cancer free."
Hogan said his dermatologist recently removed a couple of growths from his forehead, which were biopsied. The results revealed there was no melanoma, the serious form of skin cancer.
"Luckily scars are cool," Hogan joked. "I hate to mess with this beautiful face but I'm going to have some stitches. It won't be the result of Miller or [House Speaker Michael] Busch getting the best of me, I can tell you that."
Hogan said he plans to support a bill introduced by Sen. Ronald N. Young (D-Frederick) that would instruct school districts to create a policy to allow students to use sunscreen in school without written permission for their doctor.