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Omaha Public Schools Superintendent Mark Evans says he has skin cancer

Omaha Public Schools Superintendent Mark Evans will undergo treatment for skin cancer over the next month.

Evans, 54, who started as superintendent in July, made a brief announcement about his diagnosis at Wednesday's school board meeting.

"The good news is we've caught it early," he said. "There will be no problems, I think, other than some discomfort over the next month."

Evans said in an interview that he was diagnosed about a week and a half ago. He described it as basal-cell carcinoma, the most common type of cancer.

The treatment is topical, and he does not plan on taking any medical leave, he said.

Evans cautioned students and staff that his appearance might change.

"I might look red-faced, like I've been on a beach in the Caribbean," he joked. "That's not where I've been."

He also told students to learn from his example and to always wear sunscreen.

"As a young person in the '60s and '70s, we didn't know that, and now I'm suffering the consequences," Evans said.

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