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President Clinton has had several skin growths removed from his forehead and behind his ear, but they were not cancerous, the White House said Monday.

Spokesman Michael D. McCurry said the growths, called actinic keratoses, resulted from many years of exposure to the sun and were burned off by touching them with liquid nitrogen during Clinton's physical examination last Friday.

Although the ailment and the procedure to treat it are fairly common, the White House did not mention it when Clinton had his annual physical exam in Bethesda Naval Hospital.

Reporters were told only after asking about a red blotch on Clinton's forehead they noticed when the president spoke during an event in Washington.

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