Former Secret Service agent and Fox News contributor Dan Bongino announced Monday that he will undergo surgery this week.
At the end of last month, Bongino broke the news to his audience on The Dan Bongino Show podcast that he has a lump on his neck. During a Monday appearance on Fox and Friends, Bongino said that he will undergo surgery on Wednesday in New York to remove what doctors discovered is a sizeable tumor, Fox News reported.
In late September, Bongino revealed on his podcast that he has a lump on his neck. He explained that in the past he has had lipomas, which are benign tumors. “I get lipomas — fatty tumors once in a while. They’re benign, I’ve never had any issue with them at all and I noticed there was a lump on the left side of my neck about two weeks ago,” Bongino told his audience, The American Thinker reported.
But an MRI showed the lump is not a lipoma, but a 10 cm by 7 cm tumor that will have to be removed. The conservative radio host said he will know the full extent of the tumor as well as his path forward after the surgery.
“They are going to cut, hopefully, this tumor out of my neck. At a minimum, they’re going to cut a portion out and we will have a better idea if there was any kind of a spread or what its level of aggression is,” Bongino said on Fox and Friends.
Among those who expressed concern for Bongino was fellow conservative radio show host Mark Levin:
Dan is a dear and close friend of mine and my wife Julie. He’s an exceptional human-being Please pray for Dan, and his wonderful wife Paula and their kids. He’s a fighter.https://t.co/tw2hvAKN7o
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) October 5, 2020
What you may not know about Dan Bongino
If you watch Fox News regularly, you are likely familiar with Bongino, but possibly unaware of his impressive background in law enforcement.
Bongino served as an officer for the New York City Police Department beginning in 1995. He left the NYPD in 1999 to pursue a career in the Secret Service.
He worked his way through the ranks and was eventually assigned to the presidential detail, protecting President George W. Bush during his second term.
Bongino remained with the Secret Service through a portion of Barack Obama’s first term, leaving in 2011 to make a run at the Senate in Maryland, the Baltimore Sun reported.
Although he has never been elected to public office, he has attracted a sizable fan base as a best-selling author, popular conservative podcast host, and regular Fox News contributor.