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US President Joe Biden says he has cancer; White House issues clarification

Saturday, July 23, 2022 • Tamil Comments
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US President Joe Biden sent people into shock when he claimed in a recent speech that he has cancer. The White House later clarified that Biden was referring to the skin cancer treatment that he had taken before assuming the office in January last year.

Biden made a speech during his visit to a former coal mine plant in Somerset, Massachusetts, to talk about new executive orders to fight climate change. While discussing the damages caused by emissions from oil refineries, he made a reference to his childhood house in Delaware and said, “My mother drove us rather than us being able to walk and guess what? The first frost, you know what was happening? You had to put on your windshield wipers to get literally the oil slick off the window. That’s why I - and so damn many other people I grew up with - have cancer and why for the longest time, Delaware had the highest cancer rate in the nation.”

Following the statement, worried social media users flooded Biden’s posts with prayers and wishing him recovery. Glenn Kessler, a senior journalist with the Washington Post’s Fact Checker, shared a 2021 medical report of Joe Biden which lists ‘skin cancer surveillance’ as one of the conditions he is suffering from.

“It is well-established that President Biden did spend a good deal of time in the sun in his youth. He has had several localized, non-melanoma skin cancers removed with Mohs surgery before he started his presidency. These lesions were completely excised, with clear margins. Total body skin exam was performed for dermatologic surveillance. Several small areas of actinic change were treated with liquid nitrogen cryotherapy, but there are no areas suspicious for skin cancer at this time. No biopsies were required,” the report read.

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