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Jill Biden visits San Diego for cancer event, Navy gathering

First lady Jill Biden Friday visited a health clinic and two Navy ships on the first day of her visit to San Diego, which coincides with Saturday's World Cancer Day.

Biden arrived at San Diego International Airport at 2:29 p.m., where she was greeted by Mayor Todd Gloria, Reps. Sara Jacobs and Scott Peters, D-San Diego, San Diego Board of Supervisors Chair Nora Vargas and Erica Pinto, chairwoman of the Jamul Indian Village.

Biden then spent about a half-hour at the Family Health Clinic, where she participated in a panel discussion on cancer.


"Really early detection is the key," Biden said. ``A lot of cancers are curable. You're always scared when you hear the word cancer but they don't need to be afraid like people were 10 years ago, because now things have advanced so far."

Biden then spent 54 minutes at the USS Gabrielle Giffords, where she brought Oggi's pizza to the crew members of the Independence-class littoral combat ship who were unable to join her at a dinner at the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Kidd.

Biden is scheduled to visit the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic in Oceanside Saturday.