Packers president and CEO had surgery for skin cancer

Updated: October 14, 2003, 5:04 PM ET

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Bob Harlan, president of the Green Bay Packers, has had surgery to remove cancerous lesions on his skin.

Harlan, 67, made the announcement Tuesday to the Packers staff and in a letter to fans on the Packers' Web site. He said he discovered two weeks ago that he had cancer.

Last Wednesday, he had surgery at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay to remove lesions behind his right ear and on the back of his right shoulder, he wrote in the letter to fans.

"The early reports since then have been very encouraging. I feel extremely fortunate that this was caught early, and that it wasn't more devastating," he said.

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