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Larry Hogan, despite facial scars, declares second victory over cancer

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who said he had surgery Saturday to treat a non-life-threatening form of skin cancer, posted on Twitter that he’s defeated cancer a second time.

He did admit one cost of the procedure: His face “is a little rough-looking,” he said Wednesday.

“I should say, ‘you should see what the other guy looks like,’ ” he quipped.

It was the governor’s second bout with cancer since he took office in 2015. That year he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a far more serious condition. Doctors have since told him he is cancer-free.

Hogan said the skin procedure took 3½ hours. He said it was a complete success.

“For anyone keeping score, it’s Larry 2, cancer 0,” he said.

Hogan, a Republican, announced his approval Wednesday of a measure sponsored by House Speaker Michael E. Busch — who owes his life to a liver transplant — to provide a tax credit for living organ donors.

The governor said he and Busch, a Democrat and sometimes political rival, had found common ground in both having struggled with life-threatening illnesses.

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